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Related to tele-: monitoring, bearers, Tuit

tele-

(word root) distant
Examples of words with the root tele-: telegraph, telecommunications

tele-

or tel-
pref.
1. Distance; distant: telesthesia.
2.
a. Telegraph: telegram.
b. Telephone: telemarketing.
c. Television: telecast.

[Greek tēle-, from tēle, far off; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]

tele-

or before a vowel

tel-

combining form
1. at or over a distance; distant: telescope; telegony; telekinesis; telemeter.
2. (Broadcasting) television: telecast.
3. (Telecommunications) by means of or via telephone or television
[from Greek tele far]

tele-1

,
1. a combining form meaning “reaching over a distance,” “carried out between two remote points,” “performed or operating through electronic transmissions”: telegraph; telekinesis; teletypewriter.
2. a combining form representing television: telegenic; telethon.
Also, esp. before a vowel, tel-.
[comb. form representing Greek têle far, akin to télos end (see teleo-)]

tele-2

,
var. of teleo- before a vowel: teleost.

tele-

A prefix that means "at a distance," as in telemetry.
References in classic literature ?
White, the banker's wife, complained to the tele- graph company, saying that the office in Winesburg was dirty and smelled abominably, but nothing came of her complaint.
In spite of all that has happened since, I still remember that vigil very distinctly: the black and silent observatory, the shadowed lantern throwing a feeble glow upon the floor in the corner, the steady ticking of the clockwork of the tele- scope, the little slit in the roof--an oblong profundity with the stardust streaked across it.
The first time she heard that form of salute used at the telephone she was surprised, and not pleased; but I told her I had given order for it: that henceforth and forever the tele- phone must always be invoked with that reverent for- mality, in perpetual honor and remembrance of my lost friend and her small namesake.