[ tel-uh-skop-ik ]
/ ˌtɛl əˈskɒp ɪk /


of, relating to, or of the nature of a telescope.
capable of magnifying distant objects: a telescopic lens.
obtained by means of a telescope: a telescopic view of the moon.
seen by a telescope; visible only through a telescope.
capable of viewing objects from a distance; farseeing: a telescopic eye.
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 forms

tel·e·scop·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·tel·e·scop·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for telescopically

  • He tore off a narrow strip of the thin cloth and rolled it tightly and telescopically into a long and slender cylinder.

    The Road|Jack London
  • It is no longer possible, telescopically, to time opponents in practice from the Lion and Angel window, as of old.

    Boating|W. B. Woodgate
  • It has, however, this leading peculiarity, that the materials for the whole of its inquiries are telescopically furnished.

British Dictionary definitions for telescopically


/ (ˌtɛlɪˈskɒpɪk) /


of or relating to a telescope
seen through or obtained by means of a telescope
visible only with the aid of a telescope
able to see far
having or consisting of parts that telescopea telescopic umbrella

Derived Forms

telescopically, adverb
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