land·line | \ ˈland-ˌlīn \
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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The poll was taken Monday and Tuesday through live calls to 550 likely voters, 70 percent of whom were reached by landline phone, Data Orbital said. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey campaign paints Democrat David Garcia as supporter of #AbolishICE," 11 July 2018 But farmers markets must offer mobile transactions; there are no landlines in a parking lot or in a field. Jane Black And Leah Douglas,, "Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits," 12 July 2018 Nomorobo also offers a free service for VoIP landlines. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Could a tsunami of robocalls be heading to our cell phones?," 5 July 2018 Comcast and Xfinity suffered the biggest service interruptions across its internet, cable, and landline products. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Friday's Massive Comcast Outage Shows How Fragile the Internet Is," 29 June 2018 The NBC News/Marist poll was conducted last week, from Father’s Day through Thursday, by live operators calling both landline and mobile phones and reaching 982 adults, according to results posted on the Marist College website. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Two polls have bad news for Gov. Doug Ducey's re-election campaign," 27 June 2018 The 911 system was built before cellphones and designed for landlines. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Cellphone Calls to 911 Can Be Catastrophically Bad. Apple Has a Plan to Fix Them.," 18 June 2018 There have been attempts in the form of legislation and preventative technology, but none a worthy match for the robocall that can reach you not only at home on your landline, but at work, in the car and on vacation via cell phone. Melissa Ramsey, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Seniors: Be alert to robocalls, telemarketing scams," 15 June 2018 Live callers reached 500 likely voters from around the state on landlines and cell phones. Chrissie Thompson,, "New poll: Ohio should ban AR-15 assault weapons such as those used in school shootings," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of landline

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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