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telescopic

[tel-uh-skop-ik] /ˌtɛl əˈskɒp ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a telescope.
2.
capable of magnifying distant objects:
a telescopic lens.
3.
obtained by means of a telescope:
a telescopic view of the moon.
4.
seen by a telescope; visible only through a telescope.
5.
capable of viewing objects from a distance; farseeing:
a telescopic eye.
6.
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
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; telescope + -ic
Related forms
telescopically, adverb
nontelescopic, adjective
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  • These were to extend the determinations of distance to the telescopic stars.

  • Behind it a third cart came, loaded with telescopic tube sights.

    The Gun Philip K. Dick
  • After a while, the filters went off and the telescopic screen went on again.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • In the telescopic screen, the other ship came on unfalteringly.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • The telescopic appearance of Mercury is, however, disappointing.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • He swung number six, the telescopic visiplate, into connection.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • Both guards must have had their telescopic sights zeroed on the spot.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Not very much can be said for Mercury as a telescopic object.

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
British Dictionary definitions for telescopic

telescopic

/ˌtɛlɪˈskɒpɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a telescope
2.
seen through or obtained by means of a telescope
3.
visible only with the aid of a telescope
4.
able to see far
5.
having or consisting of parts that telescope: a telescopic umbrella
Derived Forms
telescopically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for telescopic
adj.

1705, from telescope + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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