telescopic

adjective

tele·​scop·​ic ˌte-lə-ˈskä-pik How to pronounce telescopic (audio)
1
a
: 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
telescopically adverb

Examples of telescopic in a Sentence

The rifle has a telescopic sight.
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Word History

First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of telescopic was in 1674

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“Telescopic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telescopic. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

telescopic

adjective
tele·​scop·​ic ˌtel-ə-ˈskäp-ik How to pronounce telescopic (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or performed with a telescope
2
: seen or discoverable only by a telescope
telescopic stars
3
: able to discern objects at a distance
telescopic vision
4
: having parts that telescope
telescopically adverb

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