dial

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1di·al

noun \ˈdī(-ə)l\

Definition of DIAL

1
:  the face of a sundial
2
obsolete :  timepiece
3
:  the graduated face of a timepiece
4
a :  a face upon which some measurement is registered usually by means of graduations and a pointer <the thermometer dial reads 70°F>
b :  a device that may be operated to make electrical connections or to regulate the operation of a machine <a radio dial> <a telephone dial>

Examples of DIAL

  1. the dial of a pressure gauge
  2. I had to keep adjusting the radio dial to make the station come in clearly.

Origin of DIAL

Middle English dyal, from Medieval Latin dialis clock wheel revolving daily, from Latin dies day — more at deity
First Known Use: 15th century

2dial

verb

: to select (a series of numbers) on a telephone by turning a dial or pushing buttons

: to make a telephone call to (a person, business, etc.)

di·aled or di·alleddi·al·ing or di·al·ling

Full Definition of DIAL

transitive verb
1
:  to measure with a dial
2
a :  to manipulate a device (as a dial) so as to operate, regulate, or select <dial your favorite program> <dialed the wrong number>
b :  call 1m(1) <dialed the office>
intransitive verb
1
:  to manipulate a dial
2
:  to make a telephone call or connection
di·al·er noun

Examples of DIAL

  1. I'm sorry. I must have dialed the wrong number.
  2. <dialed 911 and asked for the police>

First Known Use of DIAL

1653

Related to DIAL

Synonyms
call, phone, ring (up) [chiefly British], telephone

Rhymes with DIAL

3dial

abbreviation

Definition of DIAL

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