telephone number


: a number assigned to a telephone line for a specific phone or set of phones (as for a residence) that is used to call that phone

called also phone number

Examples of telephone number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each must include a valid mailing address and telephone number. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Do not contact unknown telephone numbers provided in pop-ups, texts, or emails. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 29 Jan. 2024 Methods of communication used, including websites, emails, and telephone numbers. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 29 Jan. 2024 For landline interviews, SSI selects a sample of landline households in the continental United States via random digit dialing, in which all landline telephone numbers, listed and unlisted, have an equal probability of selection. ABC News, 9 Jan. 2024 In the second stage of selection, telephone numbers are sorted within county by area code, exchange and active block, and using systematic sampling procedures from a random start, individual phone numbers within each county are selected. ABC News, 9 Jan. 2024 Team members were able to bypass multi-factor authentication by changing telephone numbers associated with the accounts. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 28 Nov. 2023 Check with your medical practice or the member telephone number on the back of your insurance card. Fran Kritz, Verywell Health, 2 Jan. 2024 The Kentucky victims were an elderly couple who sent more than $370,000 to tech support scammers who used similar tactics and the same telephone number given to Sharples, according to interviews and an FBI affidavit. Michael Laris, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telephone number was in 1880

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“Telephone number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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