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.

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Whitaker used the best telescopic image and compared what hills should be visible in what direction, and suggested the correct location a few miles away. Timothy Swindle, The Conversation, "Mapping the Moon for Apollo," 15 July 2019 Lucchitta said that telescopic study of the moon revealed thousands of craters on its surface, but no one could be certain how those craters originated. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Apollo 11 anniversary: How northern Arizona helped put men on the moon," 9 July 2019 Oumuamua, this mysterious object is now outbound from our solar system, already too far away for further telescopic scrutiny and traveling too fast for any current spacecraft to ever catch up. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "European Comet Interceptor Could Visit an Interstellar Object," 24 June 2019 The front seats were otherwise comfortable and easy to adjust for fit, especially in combination with the tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of telescopic

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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