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

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Other Words from telescopic

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

Examples of telescopic in a Sentence

The rifle has a telescopic sight.
Recent Examples on the Web The ORCs have been spotted in data from other radio telescopes around the world, ruling out the possibility that a telescopic glitch could have caused the readings. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Astronomers Spot Strange Space Object, Have No Idea What It Is," 10 July 2020 The upper seats will come with a telescopic ladder so guests can climb in with ease. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Double-decker Airplane Seat Could One Day Allow Everyone to Have Lie-flat Seats — Even in Economy," 24 June 2020 But as telescopic searches for the planet continue to come up empty, that situation may be about to change. Ramin Skibba, Scientific American, "Planet Nine Could Be a Mirage," 5 May 2020 At stake for Hong Kong is a sizable trading partnership and access to some of America’s key technology exports, including sensitive ones such as telescopic lenses for guns, satellites and computer chips. Yasufumi Saito, WSJ, "How U.S. Decision Could Hurt Hong Kong as Trading Hub," 6 June 2020 Telesteps demonstrated how its telescopic ladder is portable and can be pulled out to stand 18 feet tall, the height of most of the border fence. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Ladders, drones, and ATVS: Inside the San Antonio Border Security Expo," 13 Mar. 2020 There’s also a manually adjustable tilt/telescopic steering wheel. cleveland, "2021 Kia Seltos is a string new contender among affordable compact SUVs (review)," 29 Feb. 2020 In February, a small telescopic robot sent inside Unit 2 showed that small pieces of debris can come off and be lifted out. Washington Post, "Fukushima melted fuel removal begins 2021, end state unknown," 2 Dec. 2019 The park has an astronomy program for visitors that includes full-dome movies at the planetarium, a meteorite collection, telescopic observation at day and night, and nightly guided tours. Scott Stulberg, National Geographic, "These are the world’s best stargazing spots," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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11 Aug 2020

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“Telescopic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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