dialer

noun
di·​al·​er | \ ˈdī(-ə)-lər How to pronounce dialer (audio) \

Definition of dialer

: a person or device that dials something (such as a telephone) With the purchase of the right list, telephone dialers can force themselves and their cause on strangers, something the Internet can't do without unleashing a torrent of angry responses from e-mail users …— Nicholas von Hoffman Her group put together a petition signed by more than 100,000 consumers demanding that regulators crack down on companies … using automated dialers and recorded voices to market scams.— Shawn Zeller

Examples of dialer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, our campaign uses an auto-dialer to reach the same number of people via phone. Lauren Ashcraft, refinery29.com, "I’m A Comedian, DSA Member & I Have Anxiety. I’m Running For Congress.," 12 June 2020 Pallone and Walden’s bill would address that issue by forcing the FCC to come up with updated definitions of auto-dialers and prerecorded calls. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Taking the fight to robocallers," 11 July 2019 The mobile interfaces put the key calling and messaging buttons along the bottom of the screen, providing easier access to the dialer pad. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft is finally going to make the Skype UI good for the things people use," 4 Sep. 2018 The same rules apply to creditors seeking to collect debts, which lawyers and advocates say can be some of the most ruthless dialers. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, "Yes, It’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.," 6 May 2018 Business groups counter that defining auto-dialers too broadly would hurt legitimate businesses trying to reach their customers. BostonGlobe.com, "Legal troubles continue for ex-Volkswagen CEO," 7 May 2018 Business groups, including the Consumer Bankers Association, counter that defining auto-dialers too broadly would hurt legitimate businesses trying to reach their customers. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, "Yes, It’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.," 6 May 2018 There were prank callers and flat-out angry dialers, according to reporters listening. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "A lot changed since LSU lost to Troy," 30 Sep. 2017

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Dialer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dialer. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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