telephone

noun, often attributive
tele·​phone | \ ˈte-lə-ˌfōn How to pronounce telephone (audio) \

Definition of telephone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance specifically : one in which sound is converted into electrical impulses for transmission (as by wire or radio waves)

telephone

verb
telephoned; telephoning

Definition of telephone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to speak to or attempt to reach by telephone
2 : to send by telephone

intransitive verb

: to communicate by telephone

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Other Words from telephone

Verb

telephoner noun

Synonyms for telephone

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of telephone in a Sentence

Noun I just have to make a quick telephone call before we leave. You can order the cake over the telephone. The telephone has been ringing all morning! She picked up the telephone and dialed the number. He slammed down the telephone. They hired someone to answer the telephones. All our telephones are cordless. I left the telephone off the hook. Verb He telephoned me to say that he was going to be late. He telephoned to say that he was going to be late. You never write or telephone.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The driver of a gray Nissan Pathfinder hit the telephone pole and a gray Fiat. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Driver injured after hitting telephone pole near Bonsall," 14 Sep. 2019 The 2008 catastrophe took five lives in Cincinnati alone, destroying multiple roofs, telephone poles and trees in its path. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Do you remember? Hurricane Ike remnants arrived in Cincinnati 11 years ago today," 14 Sep. 2019 The Avon Garden Club put in all the work to provide tall cornstalk-and-orange-bow arrangements not only for the gazebo but also for the surrounding telephone poles on Detroit Road. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Avon Heritage Gazebo re-dedicated after 20 years," 9 Sep. 2019 Heavy winds on the Outer Banks ripped siding off of homes and snapped telephone poles in half. rough surf from dorian washed away a third of this long-standing pier. CBS News, "Dorian still slamming Canada with hurricane-force winds," 8 Sep. 2019 About a dozen fliers were found at San Marin High School while others were found near storefronts, telephone poles and car windshields. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Anti-Defamation League investigating anti-Semitic fliers posted in North Bay," 4 Sep. 2019 Police have said Bruno was involved in a collision with a car driven by a 76-year-old woman and that Bruno’s car then hit a telephone pole. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Southington High School students, staff try to recover after 17-year-old senior dies from car wreck injuries," 3 Sep. 2019 Milonis struck a tree and multiple telephone poles before crashing into Foderingham’s car, Evans said. Ramona Sentinel, "Milonis gets 34 years to life for DUI crash that killed pregnant woman," 26 Aug. 2019 Two bright orange lacrosse goals locked to a telephone pole in the 2600 block of Greenwood Road were reported stolen July 24. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Wauconda man charged with unlawfully videotaping someone in a Glenview bathroom: Police," 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As tension grew and clashes became more frequent, Chief of Police Elmer Adams, heading Burbank’s force of 54 officers, telephoned Glendale and Los Angeles police departments for help, as well as asking Sheriff Biscailuz to lend a hand. ... Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: Hollywood’s Bloody Friday," 3 Oct. 2019 Played with winning, tough-talking charisma by Spencer, Tracy berates Vic for his endless delays and detours, at one point telephoning his employer, who is already barking orders at him over the radio. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, "‘Give Me Liberty’ review: A medical transport van welcomes all," 12 Sep. 2019 His abrupt reversal came after Ms. Pelosi telephoned Mr. Trump to ask for a delay. New York Times, "Emergency Aid for Migrants Badly Divides Democrats," 24 June 2019 Played with winning, tough-talking charisma by Spencer, Tracy berates Vic for his endless delays and detours, at one point telephoning his employer, who is already barking orders at him over the radio. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Give Me Liberty’ is a brilliant madcap farce on wheels," 29 Aug. 2019 Currently, customers who telephone Spirit and who are placed on hold have the option to enter into text conversations with agents who are online. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Spirit Airlines to offer customers text message option for booking flights," 27 Aug. 2019 The auction expired with no bids and later Tomb telephoned the seller in Florida to see whether the car was still for sale. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1911 Chase a symbol of family history," 16 Aug. 2019 For more information on the project, residents or travelers are advised to telephone the Precinct 3 Commissioner’s Office at 281-367-3977. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "2 westbound lanes on Woodlands Parkway closed," 5 Aug. 2019 Dixon meddled in an important instant-replay decision, telephoning in from his home to overrule the crew at the stadium. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Pac-12 Conference media day needed one more football coach," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of telephone

Noun

1832, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1877, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of telephone was in 1832

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More Definitions for telephone

telephone

noun
How to pronounce telephone (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of telephone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a system that uses wires and radio signals to send sounds (such as people's voices) over long distances
: a device that is connected to a telephone system and that you use to listen or speak to someone who is somewhere else

telephone

verb

English Language Learners Definition of telephone (Entry 2 of 2)

: to speak or try to speak to (someone) using a telephone : to call or phone (someone)

telephone

noun
tele·​phone | \ ˈte-lə-ˌfōn How to pronounce telephone (audio) \

Kids Definition of telephone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device for transmitting and receiving sounds over long distances

telephone

verb
telephoned; telephoning

Kids Definition of telephone (Entry 2 of 2)

: to speak to by telephone

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