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"telescope" in British English

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telescopenoun [C]

uk   /ˈtel.ɪ.skəʊp/  us   /-ə.skoʊp/
B2 a cylinder-shaped ​device for making ​objects that are ​far away ​lookcloser and ​larger, using a ​combination of lenses, or lenses and ​curvedmirrors

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  • With a good telescope, you can ​seecraters on the ​moon.
  • A low-power telescope is enough if you only ​want to ​look at the ​moon.
  • I used a ​pile of ​books as a ​rest for my telescope.
telescopic
adjective uk   /ˌtel.ɪˈskɒp.ɪk/  us   /-əˈskɑː.pɪk/
a telescopic ​lens

telescopeverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈtel.ɪ.skəʊp/  us   /-ə.skoʊp/
(Definition of telescope from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"telescope" in American English

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telescopenoun [C]

 us   /ˈtel·əˌskoʊp/
  • telescope noun [C] (DEVICE)

a ​cylindricaldevice that you ​look through to make ​objects that are ​far away ​look nearer and ​bigger
telescopic
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˌtel·əˈskɑp·ɪk/
My camera’s telescopic ​lenslets me take ​great close-ups.

telescopeverb [T]

 us   /ˈtel·əˌskoʊp/
  • telescope verb [T] (SHORTEN)

to ​shorten something: Redford telescoped ​decades of ​history into a two-hour TV show.
(Definition of telescope from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “telescope”
in Korean 현미경, 망원경…
in Arabic تِليسْكوب, مِنْظار مُقَرِّب…
in Malaysian teleskop…
in French télescope…
in Russian телескоп…
in Chinese (Traditional) 望遠鏡…
in Italian telescopio…
in Turkish teleskop…
in Polish teleskop…
in Spanish telescopio…
in Vietnamese kính thiên văn…
in Portuguese telescópio…
in Thai กล้องโทรทรรศน์…
in German das Teleskop…
in Catalan telescopi…
in Japanese 望遠鏡…
in Chinese (Simplified) 望远镜…
in Indonesian teleskop…
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