telescopic

adjective
tele·scop·ic | \ ˌte-lə-ˈskä-pik \

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

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Other words from telescopic

telescopically \ˌte-lə-ˈskä-pi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of telescopic in a Sentence

The rifle has a telescopic sight.

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The only surprise in this hedonistic tale was the tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018 Once that is done, a telescopic airlock would extend from the module to provide an access for the crew from the lunar surface. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "The Soviet Union's Secret Moon Base That Never Was," 11 Feb. 2016 Eglet cited a document in the Dunbar case that said one assault-style rifle found in the room booked by his wife had a tripod and a telescopic sight and was pointed toward a window overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. Ken Ritter, Fox News, "Lawyers: 2014 arrest at Vegas hotel precursor to killings," 6 July 2018 Eglet cited a document in the Dunbar case that said one assault-style rifle found in the room booked by his wife had a tripod and a telescopic sight and was pointed toward a window overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. Washington Post, "Lawyers: 2014 arrest at Vegas hotel precursor to killings," 6 July 2018 Unlike ordinary sleek assault rifles, this weapon is a clunky rectangular shape with a pistol grip, foregrip, and a telescopic sight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Claims to Have a Laser Assault Rifle That Can Set Clothes on Fire," 3 July 2018 The multi-function manual, tilt/telescopic three-spoke, flat-bottom sport steering wheel had S badging and shift paddles for sporty manual shifting. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Audi’s fun, sporty S5 Cabriolet gets a redesign for 2018, starts at $62,300 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Mar. 2018 The Luxor Casino in Las Vegas has even dedicated an entire arena — complete with a competition stage, a 50-foot LED video wall, and telescopic seating — to competitions and daily gaming. Lexie Schapitl, Vox, "Competitive video gaming has become a global phenomenon," 27 June 2018 Lying on her back, her feet to the ocean, Talibart used telescopic lenses and an ultra-fast 1,000 frames/second shutter speed to capture the towers and troughs of foam-flecked seawater. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "You've Never Seen Waves Like This Before," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of telescopic

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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telescopic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of telescopic

: made or seen with a telescope

: having the power to make objects that are far away appear to be closer

: able to become longer or shorter by having sections that slide inside one another

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