follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

telescopic

[tel-uh-skop-ik] /ˌtɛl əˈskɒp ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining 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.
Also, telescopical.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; telescope + -ic
Related forms
telescopically, adverb
nontelescopic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for telescopic
  • Journalists have seen army snipers take aim through telescopic sights and fire to keep the attackers at bay.
  • Looking through the rifle's telescopic sight, the gunman then estimates the distance from this object to the target.
  • But much finer telescopic resolution is still needed.
  • Digital sky surveys and real-time telescopic observations are unleashing an unprecedented flood of information.
  • The human observer seemed as far-off to the spider as telescopic objects seem to us.
  • telescopic seating protected by ceiling sprinklers only.
  • telescopic sights magnify targets, bringing them into close, crisp focus.
British Dictionary definitions for telescopic

telescopic

/ˌtɛlɪˈskɒpɪk/
adjective
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 telescope: a telescopic umbrella
Derived Forms
telescopically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for telescopic
adj.

1705, from telescope + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for telescopic

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for telescopic

16
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with telescopic