from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any apparatus for making distant objects visible by the aid of electric transmission.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name proposed for electrical devices for the seeing of distant objects, in which radiation from the object at the transmitting-station is converted into electrical action of some sort, which in turn produces at the receiving-station a visible semblance of the object. No really practical scheme for these transformations has as yet been perfected although numerous methods have been proposed and some have been tried with partial success. See telectroscope.
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This was the “telelectroscope,” the evolutionary ancestor of television.
As soon as the Paris contract released the telelectroscope, it was delivered to public use, and was soon connected with the telephonic systems of the whole world.
'Take that, Mr. K., and put it away; and if ever the telelectroscope does any man an actual service -- mind, a real service -- please mail it to me as a reminder, and I will take back what I have been saying.
I think, myself, that it is only a toy; but Szczepanik claims more for it, and I know him well enough to believe that he can see father than I can -- either with his telelectroscope or without it. '
Szczepanik engaged in a warm talk over the telelectroscope in the German tongue.
His mind was always busy with the catastrophe of his life, and with the slaughtered inventor, and he now took the fancy that he would like to have the telelectroscope and divert his mind with it.
This business was to consider the availability of the telelectroscope for military service.