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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But new imagery combines observations from several telescopic instruments that showcase these dust and gas formations like never before. Doris Elin Salazar,, "'Lonely' Neutron Star Looks Fabulous in This New Close-Up," 31 May 2018 On the downside, consumer testers were disappointed with the telescopic handle's lack of sturdiness and comfort. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Bric's Bellagio 21" Carry-On Spinner Trunk #BBG08301," 22 Oct. 2015 Lawyer Robert Eglet said Friday, July 6, 2018, that the arrest of Kye Aaron Dunbar in a 24th-floor hotel room with guns including an assault-style rifle, tripod and a telescopic sight bears similarities to the Oct. 1 shooting. Washington Post, "Lawyers: 2014 arrest at Vegas hotel precursor to killings," 6 July 2018 An international group of astronomers used data from 20 years of observations of Barnard’s star, taken with seven different telescopic instruments, to find clues that a planet may exist. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 2018 Here's what to expect from each of the 12 toys, which include everything from G-Spot vibrators to a stunning eye mask and a telescopic crop. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "I Tried Everything in Lelo's $1,900 Sex Toy Suitcase — Yes, Everything," 31 Aug. 2018 As telescopic technology advances, so does our view of the universe. Chelsea Gohd,, "A Tarantula and Seahorse Make Up These Dazzling Nebulas," 30 May 2018 Typically, such a rifle would be equipped with a long range telescopic sight bipod, and ideally have some work done by military armorers to increase accuracy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Marines Set to Field New Designated Marksman Rifle," 30 Apr. 2018 The only surprise in this hedonistic tale was the tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Al Haas,, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of telescopic

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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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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