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1Any of various (proposed) devices designed to transmit and reproduce images over a distance by converting light into electrical signals. Compare telelectroscope. Now historical and rare.
2Any of various models of camera invented or developed by Auguste Vautier-Dufour in which a system of interior mirrors allows for the use of a lens with a longer focal length than would otherwise be practical. Also with postmodifying word indicating a particular model of camera. Now rare and historical.
with object To transmit (printed or written material) using facsimile telegraphy.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Weekly Arizona Miner. From tele- + -phote<br>late 19th century (in an earlier sense). From telephote.
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