tele·​scop·​ic | \ ˌte-lə-ˈskä-pik How to pronounce telescopic (audio) \

Definition of telescopic

1a : of, relating to, or performed with a telescope
b : suitable for seeing or magnifying distant objects
2 : seen or discoverable only by a telescope telescopic stars
3 : able to discern objects at a distance
4 : having parts that telescope

Other Words from telescopic

telescopically \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈskä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce telescopic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of telescopic in a Sentence

The rifle has a telescopic sight.
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First Known Use of telescopic

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Sep 2022

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“Telescopic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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