Telephone definition

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An instrument that converts voice and other sound signals into a form that can be transmitted to remote locations and that receives and reconverts waves into sound signals.
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A system for transmitting speech or computerized information over distances, usually by converting sounds into electric impulses that are sent through a network of wires and cables: some systems transmit by means of radio waves.
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The definition of a telephone is a system used to send speech or data over distances using a device called a telephone that functions as the transmitter and receiver.

An example of a telephone is a network or system that transmits electrical signals so you can call someone in Japan from your home in New york.

An example of a telephone is what you use to take advantage of a system of lines through which electrical signals are transferred.

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From the Greek tele, meaning far off, and phone, meaning a sound, and translating literally as asound far off. See also Hellenologophobia. 1. A device comprising a transmitter, receiver, and dialing mechanism (dial or keypad), and used for transmitting speech over distances by converting acoustical signals into electrical signals. A typical telephone can be analog or digital in nature, and be equipped with a dial or keypad. See also acoustics, electricity, receiver, signal, speech, and transmitter. 2. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance, at least according to Ambrose Bierce (1842
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To speak to or reach (a person) by telephone; call.
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(US) Chinese whispers.
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To make or try to make a telephone connection with; place a call to.

Telephoned the police station.

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To engage in communication by telephone.

She telephoned to invite us to the party.

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An electronic device used for two-way talking with other people (often shortened to phone).
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To contact someone by dialing his or her telephone number; to make someone's telephone ring using one's own telephone.
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Any device having a transmitter, receiver, and dialing mechanism, used in a telephone system.
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To converse or communicate by telephone.
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To dial (a telephone number).
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Telephone means to call someone or make a phone call.

An example of telephone is when you use a cell phone to call your friend and say hi.

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To try to make a connection by dialing a telephone number.
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To convey (a message) by telephone.
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To transmit (a message, for example) by telephone.

I telephoned that I was sick and could not come to work.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
telephone
Plural:
telephones

Origin of telephone

  • tele- +‎ -phone. From French téléphone, from Ancient Greek τῆλε (tēle, “afar”) + φωνή (phōnē, “voice, sound”)

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