an apparatus, system, or process for transmission of sound or speech to a distant point, especially by an electric device.
verb (used with object), telephoned, telephoning.
to speak to or summon (a person) by telephone.
to send (a message) by telephone.
verb (used without object), telephoned, telephoning.
to send a message by telephone.
Also called telephone set. an electrical device for transmitting speech, consisting of a microphone and receiver mounted on a handset
(as modifier): a telephone receiver
a worldwide system of communications using telephones. The microphone in one telephone converts sound waves into electrical signals that are transmitted along a telephone wire or by radio to one or more distant sets, the receivers of which reconvert the incoming signal into the original sound
(as modifier): a telephone exchange, a telephone call
See telephone box
to call or talk to (a person) by telephone
to transmit (a recorded message, radio or television programme, or other information) by telephone, using special transmitting and receiving equipment
noun 1. answering machine. telephone answering machine noun 1. the full name for answering machine
noun 1. an array of telephones used in large-scale telephoning operations, as for a political campaign. noun a group of telephones set up for a large-scale communications center, e.g. for a political campaign; also called phone bank See phone bank
- Telephone banking
noun 1. a facility enabling customers to make use of banking services, such as oral payment instructions, account movements, raising loans, etc, over the telephone rather than by personal visit
noun 1. a book, directory, or the like, usually containing an alphabetical list of telephone subscribers in a city or other area, together with their addresses and telephone numbers.