Definition of telescopic in US English:



  • 1Relating to or made with a telescope.

    • ‘This helps explain why a favorite target of many amateur observers is the one telescopic object they know will actually change right before their eyes: Jupiter.’
    • ‘To oversimplify, then, Galileo's telescopic observations of remote surfaces and of appearances he knew to be illusions were revelatory in a way that the Linceans' microscopic scrutiny of matters at hand could not be.’
    • ‘The telescopic observations used by Galileo to confute the Aristotelians are bound up with complex assumptions having to do with optics: this penetration of observation by theory is typical.’
    • ‘By 1613 Galileo believed that his telescopic observations of the moons of Jupiter proved that the Earth and planets revolved round the Sun.’
    • ‘Scientists have studied the rocks and soil returned from the Moon by the Apollo astronauts and have used telescopic and spacecraft observations to learn a great deal about the lunar environment.’
    • ‘As with Galileo's first telescopic observations, these explorations will stimulate discussion on the origins of the newly revealed landscapes.’
    • ‘It has also entered its uninteresting season for telescopic observers; it looks like a small, featureless, gibbous Moon for the rest of the year.’
    • ‘This has happened only six times in since telescopic observations began: in 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874 and 1882.’
    • ‘The red and pink shades which color the horizon at these hours may be admired by lovers and vacationers, but to astronomers they are unwanted atmospheric phenomena that get in the way of telescopic observations.’
    • ‘She said that telescopic observations reported in 1977 reported the detection of methane and ethane on Neptune but not Uranus.’
    • ‘His astronomy brought back to the fore, he went on to make the earliest telescopic observations in England.’
    • ‘But telescopic observation reveals the different rings of the Saturn, called the Cassini divisions, as well as the nebula of the constellations such as the ‘Orion.’’
    • ‘Centuries of telescopic observations revealed Mars to have a dynamic surface and atmosphere.’
    • ‘His telescopic observations forever changed how we understand the heavens; the Linceans hoped that their microscopic observations would do the same for the terrestrial world.’
    • ‘While Mars and the Moon were objects of much attention by early telescopic observation, the surface of Venus remained a mystery.’
    1. 1.1 Capable of viewing and magnifying distant objects.
      • ‘Unbeknown to Garay, his passenger was armed with a rifle with a telescopic lens.’
      • ‘It will be used during keyhole surgery which is now commonly carried out, instead of conventional operations, using telescopic surgical equipment with a camera relaying pictures from inside a patient to a monitor.’
      • ‘The lenses were reported as the largest ever ground for photographic work-the telescopic rectilinear lens being 11 feet equivalent focus.’
      • ‘That word evokes the mental image of a guy in the bushes outside some girl's house, with his camera and telescopic lens - which isn't at all what I'm talking about.’
      • ‘‘With telescopic lenses fitted to this camera I expect to get larger pictures than have ever before been taken,’ Lawrence told a reporter.’
      • ‘As well as being a pioneer in the field of telescopic lenses, Thomas Cooke invented a steam carriage that could travel at 15 mph.’
      • ‘Using the telescopic lens I analysed the terrain, looked for nests but found none.’
      • ‘Hidden along the front of the craft was a large, telescopic lens.’
      • ‘Special telescopic lens system can be tried from low vision trial sets, which are now available to help in distance and near vision.’
      • ‘The main camera is mounted on the telescopic mast at the front of the trailer.’
      • ‘One of his favorite tricks is to call the people he's spying on and describe what he is observing through his telescopic lens.’
      • ‘But they are assisted by their coach who looks through a telescopic lens and calibrates the rifle's sights, also factoring in weather conditions.’
      • ‘To do this, gastroenterologists use endoscopes - flexible telescopic instruments with a light and lens at the tip, which send pictures of the lining of the bowel to a video monitor.’
      • ‘Amateur photographers, much - loved 35 mm cameras around their necks, look in awe at the mighty telescopic lenses of the world's paparazzi.’
      • ‘We peered through the telescopic lens, trying to see the Stadium.’
    2. 1.2Astronomy Visible only through a telescope.
      • ‘He saw it directly and it was visible for some months, but is now a telescopic object.’
      • ‘It appeared similar to a telescopic view of a nebula and had a diameter of about half that of the lunar/solar disk.’
      • ‘In 1609 and 1610, Italian mathematician and astronomer Galileo Galilei and German astronomer Simon Marius began telescopic studies of Jupiter and its system.’
      • ‘This area had been studied extensively with telescopic images, and a near-equatorial landing would be most favorable for return-to-Earth trajectories.’
      • ‘This was done first through telescopic measurements and early spacecraft fly-bys.’
  • 2Having or consisting of concentric tubular sections designed to slide into one another.

    ‘a telescopic umbrella’
    • ‘The telescopic boom section is the one nearest the truck, and a folding section of slick line bridges the extending portion.’
    • ‘When the sun comes out, it will open, allowing users to swim under blue skies, but when the weather turns, the telescopic structure will slide shut and heating will kick in.’
    • ‘Yet the telescopic boom design allows the operator to work in close when on severe slopes or in unstable conditions.’
    • ‘The vehicle that we are here concerned with is essentially a telescopic boom designed and constructed to raise or lower platforms or other fixtures to required positions.’
    • ‘Among the new information is the fact that although the circular shaft of the minaret appears from the exterior to consist of three telescopic sections, structurally there are in fact only two.’