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. a telecommunications facility to which subscribers’ telephones connect, that switches calls among subscribers or to other exchanges for further routing.
- Telephone number
noun 1. a set of figures identifying the telephone of a particular subscriber, and used in making connections to that telephone 2. (pl) extremely large numbers, esp in reference to salaries or prices
noun 1. a utility pole for supporting telephone wires.
noun 1. a device, as in a telephone, that converts changes in an electric current into sound.