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[tel-uh-skop-ik] /ˌtɛl əˈskɒp ɪk/
of, relating to, or of the nature of a telescope.
capable of magnifying distant objects:
a telescopic lens.
obtained by means of a telescope:
a telescopic view of the moon.
seen by a telescope; visible only through a telescope.
capable of viewing objects from a distance; farseeing:
a telescopic eye.
consisting of parts that slide one within another like the tubes of a jointed telescope and are thus capable of being extended or shortened.
Sometimes, telescopical.
Origin of telescopic
First recorded in 1695-1705; telescope + -ic
Related forms
telescopically, adverb
nontelescopic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Most hunters are content to stalk this game within three or four hundred yards, then aim at it with telescopic sights.

  • He swung number six, the telescopic visiplate, into connection.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • But a yet more depressing feature in the grey facade is its telescopic length and changeless continuity.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • After a while, the filters went off and the telescopic screen went on again.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • Its celebrated rings are telescopic objects but a small glass reveals them.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • In the telescopic screen, the other ship came on unfalteringly.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • My sachel always contains a luncheon, a book, and a telescopic drinking-cup.

  • Let us take now the utmost limit of telescopic power in all directions.

    Science and the Infinite Sydney T. Klein
British Dictionary definitions for telescopic


of or relating to a telescope
seen through or obtained by means of a telescope
visible only with the aid of a telescope
able to see far
having or consisting of parts that telescope: a telescopic umbrella
Derived Forms
telescopically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for telescopic

1705, from telescope + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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