[ tel-ee ]
/ ˈtɛl i /
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noun British Informal.
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Origin of tele
Other definitions for tele (2 of 4)
a combining form meaning “distant,” especially “transmission over a distance,” used in the formation of compound words: telegraph.
Origin of tele-1
Combining form representing Greek têle far, akin to télos end (see tele-2)
Other definitions for tele (3 of 4)
a combining form meaning “end,” “complete,” used in the formation of compound words: telestich.
Origin of tele-2
Combining form representing Greek télos end, and téleios perfected; akin to teleîn to fulfill
Other definitions for tele (4 of 4)
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How to use tele in a sentence
Vitter has been holding a series of town-hall meetings and tele-town-hall meetings, signaling the obvious intention.There’s No Getting Rid of David Vitter, America’s Most Contemptible Senator|Michael Tomasky|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mandleco strode for the tele-stat, then turned back and pointed a trembling finger at Beardsley.We're Friends, Now|Henry Hasse
His thumb tripped the tele-transport control and from the engine rooms came a drone of power.
Once again the tele-transport had reached out, wrapped its fingers around the men who stepped from the little ship.
He dropped the tele-talkie behind the seat and examined the gauge on his oxygen tank.The Quantum Jump|Robert Wicks
The global community of tele-viewing is splitting into smaller and smaller groups.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for tele
before a vowel tel-
at or over a distance; distanttelescope; telegony; telekinesis; telemeter
by means of or via telephone or television
Word Origin for tele-
from Greek tele far
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Scientific definitions for tele
A prefix that means at a distance, as in telemetry.
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