Dial Definition

dīəl, dīl
dialed, dialing, dialled, dialling, dials
noun
dials
The face of a meter, gauge, compass, etc. on which a pointer or the like indicates an amount, degree, direction, etc.
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The face of a watch or clock.
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A sundial.
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An illuminated strip on a radio, marked with frequency numbers and equipped with a pointer, for indicating the station selected.
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A usually graduated disk or knob for controlling some function, as the selection of a TV channel or the temperature of an oven.
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verb
dialed, dialing, dials
To measure (something) with or as with a dial.
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To point to, indicate, or register by means of a dial.
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To tune in (a radio station, television channel, program, etc.)
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To control or select by means of a dial.
Dial a radio station.
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To call (a party) on a telephone.
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abbreviation
Dialect(al)
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Dialectic(al)
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(grammar) Abbreviation of dialect.

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In telephone systems, a disk with holes in it that correspond to numbers 0 through 9 and that is mounted on a telephone set.The user places a call by addressing another telephone set identified by a sequence of numbers. In a simplified example, the caller sticks his finger in the hole associated with the first number in the sequence and rotates the dial until it reaches a hard stop and then releases it.As the dial returns to the starting position, it makes and breaks electrical contacts and sends a sequence of electrical pulses across a link to a switch.The switch counts the pulses and stores the number.When all numbers in the sequence have been dialed, the switch sets up the connection between the telephone sets and the conversation ensues. Dial pulse telephone sets are considered primitive today. Most telephone sets have keypads that generate either tones or digital signals. However, people still talk about dialing a telephone number.
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A face, usually in the form of a disk, upon which some measurement is registered in graduations, and to which a pointer indicates a specific value. An analog clock or watch has a dial with 12 major graduations (hours) and 60 minor graduations (minutes and seconds). The second, minute, and hour hands sweep around the dial in a carefully synchronized manner.
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Other Word Forms of Dial

Noun

Singular:
dial
Plural:
dials

Origin of Dial

  • Middle English sundial, clock from Old French dyal from Medieval Latin diāle from neuter of diālis daily from Latin diēs day dyeu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Its original meaning was 'sundial' and/or 'clock dial', from Latin diālis (“daily, concerning the day”), because of its use in telling the time of day.

    From Wiktionary

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