Tejano Look up Tejano at Dictionary.com
"native or inhabitant of Texas," 1925, from American Spanish, formerly Texano "a Texan" (see Texas).
tektite (n.) Look up tektite at Dictionary.com
small roundish glass bodies, probably of meteoric origin, 1909, from German tektit (Suess, 1900), from Greek tektos "molten," from tekein "to melt."
Telamon Look up Telamon at Dictionary.com
in Greek mythology, father of Ajax, brother of Peleus, literally "the Bearer," from Greek telamon "broad strap for bearing something."
telangiectasia (n.) Look up telangiectasia at Dictionary.com
1831, Modern Latin, from Greek telos "end" (see tele-), + angeion "vessel" (see angio-), + ektasis "a stretching out, extension, dilation," from ek (see ex-) + tasis "a stretching, tension, intensity" (see tenet) + abstract noun ending -ia.
tele- Look up tele- at Dictionary.com
before vowels tel-, word-forming element meaning "far, far off, operating over distance" (also, since c. 1940, "television"), from Greek tele-, combining form of tele "far off, afar, at or to a distance," related to teleos (genitive telos) "end, goal, completion, perfection," literally "completion of a cycle," from PIE *kwel-es- (cognates: Sanskrit caramah "the last," Breton pell "far off," Welsh pellaf "uttermost"), perhaps from root *kwel- (1) (see cycle (n.)).
telecast (n.) Look up telecast at Dictionary.com
1937, from television + broadcast (n.). The verb is recorded from 1940.
telecom (n.) Look up telecom at Dictionary.com
abbreviation of telecommunication, attested by 1963.
telecommunication (n.) Look up telecommunication at Dictionary.com
1932, from French télécommunication (see tele- + communication). Related: Telecommunications.
telecommute (v.) Look up telecommute at Dictionary.com
by 1974 (as a hypothetical experience), from tele- + commute. Related: Telecommuted. Compare telecommuting.
telecommuting (n.) Look up telecommuting at Dictionary.com
by 1975, as a hypothetical workplace set-up; verbal noun from telecommute. Said to have been coined by Jack Niles of USC.
teleconference (n.) Look up teleconference at Dictionary.com
1952, originally a proprietary name, from tele- + conference. Not in common use until c. 1974.
telegenic (adj.) Look up telegenic at Dictionary.com
1939, from television + ending from photogenic.
Judith Barrett, pretty and blonde actress, is the first Telegenic Girl to go on record. In other words, she is the perfect type of beauty for television. ... She is slated for the first television motion picture. [Baltimore "Sun," Oct. 16, 1939]
telegony (n.) Look up telegony at Dictionary.com
supposed influence of a sire on the offspring of a female by a later sire, 1893, from Greek tele "far off" (see tele-) + -geneia "origin," from -genes "born" (see genus).
telegram (n.) Look up telegram at Dictionary.com
"telegraphic dispatch," according to Bartlett's 1859 edition a coinage of E. Peshine Smith of Rochester, N.Y., from tele-, as in telegraph + -gram, and introduced in the Albany "Evening Journal" of April 6, 1852. Damned in the cradle by purists who pointed out that the correct formation would be telegrapheme (which is close to the Modern Greek word).
May I suggest to such as are not contented with 'Telegraphic Dispatch' the rightly constructed word 'telegrapheme'? I do not want it, but ... I protest against such a barbarism as 'telegram.' [Richard Shilleto, Cambridge Greek scholar, in the London "Times," Oct. 15, 1857]
Related: Telegrammic.
telegraph (n.) Look up telegraph at Dictionary.com
1794, "semaphor apparatus" (hence the Telegraph Hill in many cities), literally "that which writes at a distance," from French télégraphe, from télé- "far" (from Greek tele-; see tele-) + -graphe (see -graphy). The signaling device had been invented in France in 1791 by the brothers Chappe, who had called it tachygraphe, literally "that which writes fast," but the better name was suggested to them by French diplomat Comte André-François Miot de Mélito (1762-1841). First applied 1797 to an experimental electric telegraph (designed by Dr. Don Francisco Salva at Barcelona); the practical version was developed 1830s by U.S. inventor Samuel F.B. Morse (1791-1872). Meaning "telegraphic message" is from 1821. Related: Telegraphy.
telegraph (v.) Look up telegraph at Dictionary.com
1805, from telegraph (n.). Figurative meaning "to signal one's intentions" is first attested 1925, originally in boxing. Related: Telegraphed; telegraphing.
telegraphese (n.) Look up telegraphese at Dictionary.com
stripped-down style used to save expenses in writing telegraphs, 1885, from telegraph (n.) + -ese. Earlier in reference to the style of writing in the London "Daily Telegraph," which was rather the reverse.
telegraphic (adj.) Look up telegraphic at Dictionary.com
1794, originally of semaphor, etc.; from telegraph (n.) + -ic. Electric telegraph sense is from 1823. Related: Telegraphically.
telekinesis (n.) Look up telekinesis at Dictionary.com
1890, said in early references to have been coined by Alexander N. Aksakof (1832-1903) Imperial Councilor to the Czar, in Modern Latin, literally "motion at a distance," from tele- + Greek kinesis "movement, motion," from PIE root *keie- "to set in motion" (see cite). Translates German Fernwirkung. Related: Telekinetic.
Telemachus Look up Telemachus at Dictionary.com
son of Odysseus and Penelope, from Latinized form of Greek Telemakhos, literally "fighting from afar," from tele "from afar" (see tele-) + makhe "a battle, fight" (see -machy).
telemarketing (n.) Look up telemarketing at Dictionary.com
1970, from telephone (n.) + marketing. Related: Telemarketer (1984).
telemeter (n.) Look up telemeter at Dictionary.com
1860, a rangefinder for surveying and artillery, from French télémètre (1852), from télé- "far" (see tele-) + mètre "meter" (see -meter). Used from 1953 for a pay-as-you-watch TV system with a coin box attached to the set. Related: Telemetry.
teleology (n.) Look up teleology at Dictionary.com
"study of final causes," 1740, from Modern Latin teleologia, coined 1728 by German philosopher Baron Christian von Wolff (1679-1754) from Greek teleos "entire, perfect, complete," genitive of telos "end, goal, result" (see tele-), + -logia (see -logy). Related: Teleologist; teleological.
telepathic (adj.) Look up telepathic at Dictionary.com
1884, from telepathy + -ic.
telepathy (n.) Look up telepathy at Dictionary.com
1882, coined (along with telæsthesia) by English psychologist Frederic Myers (1843-1901), literally "feeling from afar," from tele- + -pathy. The noun telepath is an 1889 back-formation.
telephone (v.) Look up telephone at Dictionary.com
1878, from telephone (n.). Related: Telephoned; telephoning.
telephone (n.) Look up telephone at Dictionary.com
1835, "system for conveying words over distance by musical notes" (devised in 1828 by French composer Jean-François Sudré (1787-1862); each tone played over several octaves represented a letter of the alphabet), from French téléphone (c. 1830), from télé- "far" (see tele-) + phone "sound, voice," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say" (see fame (n.)). Sudré's system never proved practical. Also used of other apparatus early 19c., including "instrument similar to a foghorn for signaling from ship to ship" (1844). The electrical communication tool was first described in modern form by Philip Reis (1861); developed by Scottish-born inventor Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), and so called by him from 1876.
telephonic (adj.) Look up telephonic at Dictionary.com
1830, "pertaining to communication by sound over great distances," originally theoretical, from tele- + phonic. From 1834 in reference to the system of Sudré using musical sounds (see telephone), and with reference to Bell's invention from 1876, in which cases it can be taken as from telephone + -ic.
telephony (n.) Look up telephony at Dictionary.com
1835, "a system of signaling by musical sounds;" from 1876 as "the art of working a telephone;" see telephone (n.) + -y (4). Related: Telephonist.
telephoto (adj.) Look up telephoto at Dictionary.com
also tele-photo, 1898, shortened form of telephotographic (1892), in reference to lenses introduced at that time to increase the magnification of photographs taken by a camera, from tele- + photographic.
teleport (v.) Look up teleport at Dictionary.com
1940, in reference to religious miracles, from tele- + ending from transport (v.). Related: Teleported; teleporter; teleporting.
teleportation (n.) Look up teleportation at Dictionary.com
1931 as a term in psychics and later (1951) science fiction; from tele- + (trans)portation. Apparently coined by Charles Fort (1874-1932).
teleprompter (n.) Look up teleprompter at Dictionary.com
1951, originally a proprietary name in U.S., from tele- + prompter. The equivalent British proprietary name is Autocue.
telescope (n.) Look up telescope at Dictionary.com
1640s, from Italian telescopio (Galileo, 1611), and Modern Latin telescopium (Kepler, 1613), both from Greek teleskopos "far-seeing," from tele- "far" (see tele-) + -skopos "watcher" (see scope (n.1)). Said to have been coined by Prince Cesi, founder and head of the Roman Academy of the Lincei (Galileo was a member). Used in English in Latin form from 1619.
telescope (v.) Look up telescope at Dictionary.com
"to force together one inside the other" (like the sliding tubes of some telescopes), 1867, from telescope (n.). Related: Telescoped; telescoping.
telescopic (adj.) Look up telescopic at Dictionary.com
1705, from telescope + -ic.
Teletex (n.) Look up Teletex at Dictionary.com
proprietary name for a computer data-sharing network, 1978.
telethon (n.) Look up telethon at Dictionary.com
prolonged TV fundraiser, 1949, from television + marathon (see -athon). Milton Berle's 16-hour television cancer fundraiser in April 1949 might have been the first to be so called.
teletype (n.) Look up teletype at Dictionary.com
1904, trademark for a system of typewriters connected electronically, short for teletypewriter (1904), a form of telegraph in which the receiver prints messages like a typewriter, from tele- + typewriter.
televangelist (n.) Look up televangelist at Dictionary.com
1973, from tele(vision) + evangelist. Earliest usages are in reference to Rex Humbard (television evangelist is from 1958).
televise (v.) Look up televise at Dictionary.com
1927 back-formation from television, on model of other verbs from nouns ending in -(v)ision (such as revise). Related: Televised; televising.
television (n.) Look up television at Dictionary.com
1907, as a theoretical system to transmit moving images over telegraph or telephone wires; formed in English or borrowed from French télévision, from tele- + vision.
Television is not impossible in theory. In practice it would be very costly without being capable of serious application. But we do not want that. On that day when it will be possible to accelerate our methods of telephotography by at least ten times, which does not appear to be impossible in the future, we shall arrive at television with a hundred telegraph wires. Then the problem of sight at a distance will without doubt cease to be a chimera. ["Telegraphing Pictures" in "Windsor Magazine," 1907]
Other proposals for the name of a then-hypothetical technology for sending pictures over distance were telephote (1880) and televista (1904). The technology was developed in the 1920s and '30s. Nativized in German as Fernsehen. Shortened form TV is from 1948. Meaning "a television set" is from 1941. Meaning "television as a medium" is from 1927.
Television is the first truly democratic culture -- the first culture available to everyone and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. [Clive Barnes, "New York Times," Dec. 30, 1969]
Telex Look up Telex at Dictionary.com
1932, "a communication system of teletypewriters," from tel(etype) ex(change).
telic (adj.) Look up telic at Dictionary.com
"indicating purpose," 1846, from Greek telikos "final," from telos "end, goal, result" (see tele-).
tell (v.) Look up tell at Dictionary.com
Old English tellan "to reckon, calculate, number, compute; consider, think, esteem, account" (past tense tealde, past participle teald), from Proto-Germanic *taljan "to mention in order" (cognates: Old Saxon tellian "tell," Old Norse telja "to count, number; to tell, say," Old Frisian tella "to count; to tell," Middle Dutch and Dutch tellen, Old Saxon talon "to count, reckon," Danish tale "to speak," Old High German zalon, German zählen "to count, reckon"), from PIE root *del- (2) "to count, reckon" (see tale).

Meaning "to narrate, announce, relate" in English is from c. 1000; that of "to make known by speech or writing, announce" is from early 12c. Sense of "to reveal or disclose" is from c. 1400; that of "to act as an informer, to 'peach' " is recorded from 1901. Meaning "to order (someone to do something)" is from 1590s. To tell (someone) off "reprimand" is from 1919.

Original sense in teller and phrase to tell time. For sense evolution, compare French conter "to count," raconter "to recount;" Italian contare, Spanish contar "to count, recount, narrate;" German zählen "to count," erzählen "to recount, narrate." Klein also compares Hebrew saphar "he counted," sipper "he told."
tell (n.) Look up tell at Dictionary.com
"mound, hill," 1864, from Arabic tall, related to Hebrew tel "mount, hill, heap." Compare Hebrew talul "lofty," Akkadian tillu "woman's breast."
teller (n.) Look up teller at Dictionary.com
"bank clerk who pays or receives money," late 15c., "person who keeps accounts," agent noun from tell (v.) in its secondary sense of "count, enumerate," which is the primary sense of cognate words in many Germanic languages. Earlier "person who announces or narrates" (c. 1300).
telling (adj.) Look up telling at Dictionary.com
"having effect or force," 1852, past participle adjective from tell (v.).
telltale (n.) Look up telltale at Dictionary.com
also tell-tale, "discloser of secrets," 1540s, from tell (v.) + tale. As an adjective from 1590s. Phrase tell a tale "relate a false or exaggerated story" is from late 13c.
tellurian (adj.) Look up tellurian at Dictionary.com
"pertaining to the earth," 1846, from -ian + Latin tellus (genitive telluris) "earth, land, ground; the earth" (related to Tellus, Roman goddess of the earth), from PIE root *tel- "ground, floor" (cognates: Lithuanian telinat "spread out, flat," Sanskrit talam "plain, sole of the foot," Old Church Slavonic tilo "floor," Greek telia "dice board," Old Irish talam "earth," Old Norse þilja, Middle Dutch dele "plank"). As a noun, "inhabitant of Earth" (with reference to supposed inhabitants of other worlds) from 1847.