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Dictionary Definition

dial

Noun

1 the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
2 the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning
3 the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments
4 a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called [syn: telephone dial]

Verb

1 operate a dial to select a telephone number; "You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial"
2 choose by means of a dial; "dial a telephone number" [also: dialling, dialled]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Its original meaning was 'sundial' and/or 'clock dial', from diālis = "daily", "concerning the day", because of its use in telling the time of day.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A graduated, circular scale over which a needle moves to show a measurement (such as speed).
  2. A clock face.
  3. A sundial.
  4. A panel on a radio etc showing wavelengths or channels; a knob that is turned to change the wavelength etc.
  5. A disk with finger holes on a telephone; used to select the number to be called.

Translations

graduated, circular scale over which a needle moves
clock face
sundial
panel on a radio; knob that is turned to change the wavelength
disk with finger holes on a telephone

Verb

  1. To measure or indicate something with a dial.
  2. To control or select something with a dial
  3. To select a number, or to call someone, on a telephone.
  4. To use a dial or a telephone.

Usage notes

  • Dialing and dialed are more common in the US. Dialling and dialled are more common in the UK.

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Dial may mean:

Etymology

Its original meaning was 'sundial' and/or 'clock dial', from Latin diālis = "daily", "concerning the day", because of its use in telling the time of day.
dial in French: Cadran
dial in Japanese: ダイヤル

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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