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[tel-uh-foh-toh] /ˈtɛl əˌfoʊ toʊ/
noting or pertaining to telephotography.
Origin of telephoto
1890-95; short for telephotographic; see telephotograph, -ic


[tel-uh-foh-toh] /ˈtɛl əˌfoʊ toʊ/
a brand of apparatus for electrical transmission of photographs.
a photograph transmitted by this apparatus. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for telephoto
Contemporary Examples
  • In this era of the telephoto lens, she can have no bad hair days for the rest of her life.

  • Each time, the 1920s version of paparazzi found him and trained their telephoto lenses on his barracks.

    The Last Hero Brad Gooch November 17, 2010
Historical Examples
  • This in turn I have displaced with a Dallmeyer telephoto lens, mounted in aluminum, which I consider a marvelous instrument.

  • Thaneford, with his telephoto lens, sees that Graeme is dozing in his chair.

    In Jeopardy Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Other columns of the paper contained regular wire news stories and telephoto pictures.

    Swamp Island Mildred A. Wirt
  • I got the telephoto camera out of the hamper, checked it, and aimed it.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • Ill see to the provisions, exclaimed the younger enthusiastically, and I shall take my telephoto for the summit.

    Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
  • A telephoto attachment increases the photographer's power of rendering distant details on a large scale.

  • Olear finally consented to speak a few words for the telephoto News Co.

  • This particular lens has the telephoto range, and, at the same time, it works with the minimum of illumination.

    In Jeopardy Van Tassel Sutphen
Word Origin and History for telephoto

1898, shortened form of telephotographic (1892), from tele- + photographic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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