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 surveyed 1,223 voters nationwide via landline and cell phone interviews. Sarah Hallam, CNN, "Majority of Americans say NFL players who kneel during the anthem are 'not unpatriotic'," 7 June 2018 The Credit Union National Association wants the act updated to treat informational calls to wireless phones the same as calls to landlines. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Could a tsunami of robocalls be heading to our cell phones?," 5 July 2018 The poll of 500 likely midterm election voters in Ohio was conducted June 6-11 by mobile cell and landline phones. Anne Saker,, "Weed in Ohio: Ohioans know it's coming, poll says, and they're OK about it.," 18 June 2018 But there's another reason that pollsters need to include cell users: The demographics of those with and without access to landlines is stark. Philip Bump,, "Most Adults Live In Wireless-Only Households But Variations Are Important," 1 June 2018 Cross-border travel was banned, the embassies were closed, flights were canceled and phone calls on landlines and cellphone networks were not permitted between the two countries. Megan Specia, New York Times, "After 20 Years of Silence, Strangers in Ethiopia and Eritrea Call to Say Hello," 11 July 2018 Callers interviewed 901 likely Republican primary voters who had landlines and cell phones. Anthony Man,, "Poll: Adam Putnam ahead of Ron DeSantis in Republican governor primary, many still undecided," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile, news of the emergency was spreading by landline among the island’s 210 households. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 The upshot, though, is this: Everything about the infrastructure that underpins 911 was built for landlines. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "By Pushing Your Location Straight to 911, iOS 12 Will Save Lives," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of landline

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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