speed dial


Definition of speed dial 

: a telephone function by which a selected stored number can be dialed by pressing only one key

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Other Words from speed dial

speed-dial verb

Examples of speed dial in a Sentence

a phone with speed dial

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Candice Forness's name was first passed to me by a stylish friend who always has the answer to everything on speed dial. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Meet the Ayurvedic Facialist with a Massage Technique So Good, You May Cry," 14 Sep. 2018 Joseph Leli, a 48-year-old regional manager for a Napa winery, used to believe only high-level executives kept tailors on speed dial. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The New Intimidation-Free Way to Get a Custom Suit," 9 Aug. 2018 The attorney on speed dial function is in the early stages of development and will include fees for users. Anna Douglas, charlotteobserver, "He says he was tired of being profiled and stopped by police. So he created this app.," 20 Feb. 2018 It’s good news for the environment—and the Tesla drivers who have their tow company on speed dial. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "U.K. will soon require new homes to include electric vehicle charging ports," 10 July 2018 Lucky for us, the Late Late Show host apparently has the legend Paul McCartney on speed dial. Raisa Bruner, Time, "James Corden and Paul McCartney Shared an Emotional Carpool Karaoke Adventure," 22 June 2018 That vibe still exists on Robins Island, where old-money types have long enjoyed the land discreetly and kept no bouncers on speed dial. Marisa Meltzer, Town & Country, "In the Hamptons, Staying In Is the New Going Out," 27 June 2016 Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram School shootings are so common that PR firms are on speed dial. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Student gun reform activist: 'Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough ... we need action' | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 18 May 2018 Baby has come to know her routine, at-home natural baby remedies are at the ready, and a babysitter is finally on speed dial. Kiley Bates-brennan, Good Housekeeping, "I Kept Traveling The World After I Had My Baby—Here Are My 5 Top Tips For Kid-Friendly Travel," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of speed dial

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speed dial was in 1982

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English Language Learners Definition of speed dial

: a feature on some telephones that allows a person to call certain phone numbers quickly by pressing only one button

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