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dial

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noun di·al \ 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 in a Sentence

  1. the dial of a pressure gauge

  2. I had to keep adjusting the radio dial to make the station come in clearly.

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Origin and Etymology of dial

Middle English dyal, from Medieval Latin dialis clock wheel revolving daily, from Latin dies day — more at deity


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dial

verb

Definition of dial

dialed or dialled; dialing or dialling
transitive verb
1 :to measure with a dial
2 a :to manipulate a device (such 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

dialer

noun

Examples of dial in a Sentence

  1. I'm sorry. I must have dialed the wrong number.

  2. dialed 911 and asked for the police

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First Known Use of dial

1653

dial Synonyms

Synonyms
call, phone, ring (up) [chiefly British], telephone
Related Words
beep, buzz; call in; cold-call

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dial

abbreviation

Definition of dial



DIAL Defined for English Language Learners

dial

verb

Definition of dial for English Language Learners

  • : 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.)


DIAL Defined for Kids

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dial

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noun di·al \ ˈdī-əl \

Definition of dial for Students

1 :the face of a watch or clock
2 :sundial
3 :a usually flat round part of a piece of equipment with numbers or marks to show some measurement usually by means of a pointer
  • the dial of a pressure gauge
4 :a part of a machine or device (as a radio) that may be turned to operate or adjust it

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dial

verb

Definition of dial for Students

dialed or dialled; dialing or dialling
:to use a knob, button, or other control to operate or select


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