dial tone


Definition of dial tone

: a tone emitted by a telephone as a signal that the system is ready for dialing

Examples of dial tone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Invest in supply chain operating systems to begin the journey of building a supply chain bi-directional dial tone. Lora Cecere, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 The implementation of control towers lack a dial tone giving business leaders a false sense of security. Lora Cecere, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Next step: Get out the ladder and mount a few phones on the wooden noise barrier, where the constant hum of traffic on the highway serves as a sort of eternal dial tone. John Reinan, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 Sometime that morning Johan had entered the office and, attempting to make a call, found no dial tone. Ew Staff, EW.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Streep blissing out to a dial tone, flirting awkwardly with Chris Cooper, brushing her teeth while stoned, smiling at her toes. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 8 Dec. 2020 But, after the sound of a dial tone, the pair went silent, and Negandhi’s studio crew again took over. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 19 Sep. 2020 The din of city traffic is about 85 decibels; the hum of a dial tone, 80 decibels. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 9 Sep. 2020 Even landlines weren’t exempt: The dial tone on my grandparents’ phone was temporarily replaced with the same PSA. Shraddha Chakradhar, STAT, 27 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of dial tone

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dial tone was in 1923

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“Dial tone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dial%20tone. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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