te·​le·​pho·​ny | \ tə-ˈle-fə-nē How to pronounce telephony (audio) also ˈte-lə-ˌfō- \

Definition of telephony

: the use or operation of an apparatus (such as a telephone) for transmission of sounds as electrical signals between widely removed points

Examples of telephony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there was science and engineering in Schwartz’s future: telephony. Llewellyn King, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Not just communications systems such as telephony and news media, but vehicles, power plants, and banking systems. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 26 Feb. 2022 Confirm your telephony setup has multiple lines or is set up on VoIP. Adam Ahmad, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Telefonica’s telephony, internet and TV service, had taken the new Netflix option. John Hopewell, Variety, 13 Jan. 2022 That’s what made postal mail, telephony, email, and later Facebook and Instagram so effective (and valuable): their ubiquity. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 12 Jan. 2022 With Twilio Flex, Shopify was able to build a custom contact center with the new Flex telephony system, routing engine, skill trees and Interactive voice response, as well as contextual pops that give agents information about each customer. Lee Hawksley, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The Android emergency call system will now only consider simpler telephony providers that plug into the default phone app, like your carrier account. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 5 Jan. 2022 Collectively, the Bell Labs team would go on to develop solar cells, lasers, global satellite telephony, miniature microphones, the C++ software language and the UNIX computer operating system. Eric S. Hintz, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of telephony

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Telephony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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