[ tel-uh-fuh-tog-ruh-fee ]
/ ˌtɛl ə fəˈtɒg rə fi /


photography of distant objects, using a telephoto lens.


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Origin of telephotography

First recorded in 1880–85; tele-1 + photography

OTHER WORDS FROM telephotography

tel·e·pho·to·graph·ic [tel-uh-foh-tuh-graf-ik] /ˌtɛl əˌfoʊ təˈgræf ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for telephotography

  • In astronomical observations, for instance, they employ a system of telephotography.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV.|Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • Telephotography was the simplest problem—the others required an almost superhuman amount of labor.

    The Chamber of Life|Green Peyton Wertenbaker

British Dictionary definitions for telephotography

/ (ˌtɛlɪfəˈtɒɡrəfɪ) /


the process or technique of photographing distant objects using a telephoto lens

Derived forms of telephotography

telephotographic (ˌtɛlɪˌfəʊtəˈɡræfɪk), adjective
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