land·​line | \ ˈland-ˌlīn How to pronounce landline (audio) \
variants: or less commonly land line

Definition of landline

1 : a line of transportation or communication on land especially : a telephone line that transmits signals from one station to another directly along a wire without the use of radio waves It reminds me of the tipping point several years ago when people realized they no longer needed a telephone landline and would do just fine with their cell phones. — Rana Foroohar often used before another noun a landline phone a landline network
2 : a telephone that connects by wire : a landline telephone Of course, if you're really worried, you could ditch your cell phone for a quaint landline.— Kiera Butler

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Boost will also factor in landline-phone and cable-TV accounts. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Want a Better Credit Score? Soon, Your Cellphone Bill Could Help," 18 Dec. 2018 The Connect ensures that those calls go through your landline rather than your mobile phone. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared," 22 Nov. 2018 Here's my advice: Register your landline or cell number with the federal Do Not Call Registry at or call 888-382-1222. Teresa Dixon Murray,, "What to do about those annoying, non-stop robocalls: Money Matters," 4 Apr. 2018 An additional database of landline telephone numbers had the potential to reach about half of the county, Larocque said. Joaquin Palomino, San Francisco Chronicle, "Alerts reached few in Sonoma County in early hours of Wine Country fires," 6 Jan. 2018 Huawei products make up less than 1% of the equipment in American cellular and landline networks today, according to research firm Dell’Oro Group. Drew Fitzgerald And, WSJ, "In U.S. Brawl With Huawei, Rural Cable Firms Are an Unlikely Loser," 27 Mar. 2018 Many student loan borrowers and millennials taking out a mortgage only have a cell phone, not a landline. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Could a tsunami of robocalls be heading to our cell phones?," 5 July 2018 The existing 911 system was designed for a time when everyone used landlines and call operators could easily pinpoint phones’ locations. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Your iPhone Will Soon Send Your Exact Location to First Responders When You Call 911," 18 June 2018 The surcharge on telecom wireless and landline services—which last year was 6.68%—would be extended to the fees that companies charge for texting. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s New Tax on Texting," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of landline

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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