1. [ verb ] crush together or collapse

"In the accident, the cars telescoped" "my hiking sticks telescope and can be put into the backpack"

Related terms: squash
2. [ verb ] make smaller or shorter

"the novel was telescoped into a short play"

Related terms: condense
3. [ noun ] a magnifier of images of distant objects
Synonyms: scope
Related terms: magnifier solar_telescope astronomical_telescope transit_instrument collimator aperture prism finder
Similar spelling:   telescoped