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noun di·al \ˈdī(-ə)l\

Definition of dial

  1. 1 :  the face of a sundial

  2. 2 obsolete :  timepiece

  3. 3 :  the graduated face of a timepiece

  4. 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.

Origin and Etymology 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


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dial

verb di·al

Definition of dial

dialed

or

dialled

dialing

or

dialling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to measure with a dial

  3. 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>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to manipulate a dial

  6. 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>

1653

First Known Use of dial

1653


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abbreviation di·al

Definition of dial



DIAL Defined for English Language Learners


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dial

verb di·al

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. 1 :  the face of a watch or clock

  2. 2 :  sundial

  3. 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. 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

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verb di·al

Definition of dial for Students

dialed

or

dialled

dialing

or

dialling

  1. :  to use a knob, button, or other control to operate or select



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