Phone Definition

fōn
phoned, phones, phoning
noun
phones
Webster's New World
Any single speech sound considered as a physical event without reference to its place in the structure of a language.
Webster's New World
Phone is short for telephone, meaning the instrument used to call others.
An example of a phone is a telephone in your house.
YourDictionary

A device for transmitting conversations and other sounds in real time across distances.

Wiktionary

(UK) Dated form of phone.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
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verb
phoned, phones, phoning
To make or try to make a telephone connection with; place a call to.
American Heritage
To dial (a specific number).
Phone 411 for directory assistance.
American Heritage
To impart (information or news, for example) by telephone.
American Heritage
To telephone.
American Heritage
To phone is short for to telephone, meaning to call someone using a telephone.
An example of phone is to call your mom using a cell phone.
YourDictionary
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suffix
Sound.
Homophone.
American Heritage
Device that receives or emits sound.
Geophone.
American Heritage
Speaker of a language.
Anglophone.
American Heritage
Phone is defined as a certain type of sound.
An example of phone used as a suffix is a telephone, an instrument to transmit sound.
An example of phone used as a suffix is a saxophone, a musical instrument.
YourDictionary

A device related to the telephone e.g. textphone.

Wiktionary
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A device producing or transmitting sound.
Saxophone, megaphone.
Webster's New World
A telephone.
Interphone.
Webster's New World
idiom
phone it in
  • To do something in a perfunctory way or with little interest:

    One of the actors in the play was just phoning it in.

American Heritage
phone it in
  • to perform in a perfunctory, mechanical, or uninspired way
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Phone

Noun

Singular:
phone
Plural:
phones

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Phone

Origin of Phone

  • From Greek phōnē sound, voice bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

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

  • Greek phōnē sound, voice bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Ancient Greek φωνή (phone, “sound"), related to fame.

    From Wiktionary

  • A shortening of telephone.

    From Wiktionary

  • Shortening of telephone.

    From Wiktionary

  • Short for telephone

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

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