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  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 tel·e·scop·i·cal.

Origin of telescopic

First recorded in 1695–1705; telescope + -ic
Related formstel·e·scop·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·tel·e·scop·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for telescopic

Contemporary Examples of telescopic

Historical Examples of telescopic

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for telescopic


  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 telescopea telescopic umbrella
Derived Formstelescopically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for telescopic

1705, from telescope + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper