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telephoto

adjective tele·pho·to \ ˌte-lə-ˈfō-(ˌ)tō \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of telephoto

: being a camera lens system designed to give a large image of a distant object; also : relating to or being photography in which a telephoto lens is used

First Known Use of telephoto

1893

in the meaning defined above

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telephoto

noun

Definition of telephoto

plural telephotos
1 : a telephoto lens
2 : a photograph taken with a camera having a telephoto lens

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First Known Use of telephoto

1894

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Telephoto

trademark

Definition of Telephoto

used for an apparatus for transmitting photographs electrically or for a photograph so transmitted


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