[ tel-uh-skop-ik ]
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  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a telescope.

  2. capable of magnifying distant objects: a telescopic lens.

  1. obtained by means of a telescope: a telescopic view of the moon.

  2. seen by a telescope; visible only through a telescope.

  3. capable of viewing objects from a distance; farseeing: a telescopic eye.

  4. consisting of parts that slide one within another like the tubes of a jointed telescope and are thus capable of being extended or shortened.

Origin of telescopic

First recorded in 1695–1705; telescope + -ic
  • Sometimes tel·e·scop·i·cal .

Other words from telescopic

  • tel·e·scop·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·tel·e·scop·ic, adjective

Words Nearby telescopic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use telescopic in a sentence

  • They are not nude photos taken with a telescopic lens from inside a private villa.

  • While hindsight is always telescopic, there were early warning signs that the currency of Facebook shares was primed for a fall.

  • By telescopic condensation of the field, Cragley was capable of bringing Deliphon on the instrument.

    Spacewrecked on Venus | Neil R. Jones
  • Whether it had this telescopic use, or others, the degree of art evinced in its construction is far from rude.

    The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • They had made telescopic observations from within the atmosphere.

    A World Called Crimson | Darius John Granger
  • Your botanical friend took a microscopic view of nature, while you took a telescopic view of it.

    Martin Rattler | R.M. Ballantyne
  • When the atmosphere is telescopic, and distant objects stand out unusually clear and sharp, a storm is near.

    A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for telescopic


/ (ˌtɛlɪˈskɒpɪk) /

  1. of or relating to a telescope

  2. seen through or obtained by means of a telescope

  1. visible only with the aid of a telescope

  2. able to see far

  3. having or consisting of parts that telescope: a telescopic umbrella

Derived forms of telescopic

  • telescopically, adverb

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