speed dial


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

Examples of speed dial in a Sentence

a phone with speed dial
Recent Examples on the Web This mountain ashram was the main draw for my husband, while its proximity to the slopes had me on speed dial. Marlise Kast-Myers, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2024 His pugnacious character kept him on speed dial among media bookers. Clay Risen, New York Times, 17 May 2024 Pickard’s legislative aide Kristen Etzel was on Moeller’s speed dial, the council member said, making sure potholes were fixed and traffic lights were working. Luke Parker, Baltimore Sun, 17 Mar. 2024 The other Titan who didn’t have moving companies on speed dial was pitcher Chris Devenski, an interesting development considering the former All-Star reliever is now playing for his fifth team — the Tampa Bay Rays. Brian Robin, Orange County Register, 18 Apr. 2024 In the Old Testament, prophets seem to be on speed dial to Zion. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 20 Jan. 2024 In an age when golfers keep a swing coach, sports psychologist and physiotherapist on the payroll and speed dial, Cole is self-reliant. Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 The New York Times, CNN, and BBC keep him on speed dial. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 14 Feb. 2024 But for National Geographic Global Networks president Courteney Monroe, the future of the 136-year-old enterprise is about more than Disney talent on speed dial. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of speed dial was in 1982

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“Speed dial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speed%20dial. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

speed dial

: a telephone function by which a stored number can be dialed by pressing only one key
speed-dial verb
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