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di·al

 (dī′əl, dīl)
n.
1. A graduated surface or face on which a measurement, such as speed, is indicated by a moving needle or pointer.
2.
a. The face of a clock.
b. A sundial.
3.
a. The panel or face on a radio or television receiver on which the frequencies or channels are indicated.
b. A movable control knob or other device on a radio or television receiver used to change the frequency.
4. A rotatable disk on a telephone with numbers and letters, used to signal the number to which a call is made.
v. di·aled, di·al·ing, di·als or di·alled or di·al·ling
v.tr.
1. To measure with or as if with a dial.
2. To point to, indicate, or register by means of a dial.
3. To control or select by means of a dial: dial a radio station.
4. To call (a party) on a telephone.
5. To signal (a number) in making a telephone call: The program dials the number and then connects to the file server.
v.intr.
1. To use a dial.
2. To use a telephone.
Phrasal Verbs:
dial down
Informal To reduce the intensity of: tried to dial down the controversy.
dial up
Informal To increase the intensity of: dialed up the action in the movie's sequel.

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

di′al·er n.

dial

(ˈdaɪəl; daɪl)
n
1. (Horology) the face of a watch, clock, chronometer, sundial, etc, marked with divisions representing units of time
2. (General Engineering) the circular graduated disc of various measuring instruments
3. (Electronics)
a. the control on a radio or television set used to change the station or channel
b. the panel on a radio on which the frequency, wavelength, or station is indicated by means of a pointer
4. (Telecommunications) a numbered disc on a telephone that is rotated a set distance for each digit of a number being called
5. (Mining & Quarrying) a miner's compass for surveying in a mine
6. Brit a slang word for face1
vb, dials, dialling or dialled, dials, dialing or dialed
7. (Telecommunications) to establish or try to establish a telephone connection with (a subscriber or his or her number) by operating the dial on a telephone
8. (General Engineering) (tr) to indicate, measure, or operate with a dial
[C14: from Medieval Latin diālis daily, from Latin diēs day]
ˈdialler n

di•al

(ˈdaɪ əl, daɪl)

n., v. di•aled, di•al•ing (esp. Brit.) di•alled, di•al•ling. n.
1. a plate or disk on a clock, watch, or sundial, containing graduated markings or figures, upon which the time of day is indicated by hands, pointers, or shadows.
2. a plate or disk with markings or figures for indicating or registering some measurement or number, usu. by means of a pointer.
3. a rotatable plate, disk, or knob used for regulating a mechanism, making and breaking electrical connections, or the like, esp. one that tunes a radio or television.
4.
b. a set of numbered and lettered push buttons on a telephone that perform the function of a rotary dial.
5. radio or television broadcasting: a new personality on the morning dial.
v.t.
6. to indicate or register on or as if on a dial.
7. to measure with or as if with a dial.
8. to regulate or select by means of a dial.
9. to make a telephone call to.
v.i.
10. to dial a telephone.
11. to tune in or regulate by means of a dial.
[1400–50; late Middle English: sundial, presumably < Medieval Latin diālis daily (Latin di(ēs) day + -ālis -al1)]

dial.

1. dialect; dialectal.
2. dialectic; dialectical.

dial


Past participle: dialled
Gerund: dialling

Imperative
dial
dial
Present
I dial
you dial
he/she/it dials
we dial
you dial
they dial
Preterite
I dialled
you dialled
he/she/it dialled
we dialled
you dialled
they dialled
Present Continuous
I am dialling
you are dialling
he/she/it is dialling
we are dialling
you are dialling
they are dialling
Present Perfect
I have dialled
you have dialled
he/she/it has dialled
we have dialled
you have dialled
they have dialled
Past Continuous
I was dialling
you were dialling
he/she/it was dialling
we were dialling
you were dialling
they were dialling
Past Perfect
I had dialled
you had dialled
he/she/it had dialled
we had dialled
you had dialled
they had dialled
Future
I will dial
you will dial
he/she/it will dial
we will dial
you will dial
they will dial
Future Perfect
I will have dialled
you will have dialled
he/she/it will have dialled
we will have dialled
you will have dialled
they will have dialled
Future Continuous
I will be dialling
you will be dialling
he/she/it will be dialling
we will be dialling
you will be dialling
they will be dialling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dialling
you have been dialling
he/she/it has been dialling
we have been dialling
you have been dialling
they have been dialling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dialling
you will have been dialling
he/she/it will have been dialling
we will have been dialling
you will have been dialling
they will have been dialling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dialling
you had been dialling
he/she/it had been dialling
we had been dialling
you had been dialling
they had been dialling
Conditional
I would dial
you would dial
he/she/it would dial
we would dial
you would dial
they would dial
Past Conditional
I would have dialled
you would have dialled
he/she/it would have dialled
we would have dialled
you would have dialled
they would have dialled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dial - the face of a timepiecedial - the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
face - the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object); "he dealt the cards face down"
horologe, timepiece, timekeeper - a measuring instrument or device for keeping time
2.dial - the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning
controller, control - a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; "the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly"; "I turned the controls over to her"
3.dial - the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments
indicator - a device for showing the operating condition of some system
4.dial - a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number calleddial - a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called
dial phone, dial telephone - a telephone with a dial for registering the number to be called
finger hole - a hole for inserting a finger
selector switch, selector - a switch that is used to select among alternatives
Verb1.dial - operate a dial to select a telephone number; "You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial"
telephony, telephone - transmitting speech at a distance
control, operate - handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
2.dial - choose by means of a dial; "dial a telephone number"
choose, pick out, select, take - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

dial

noun
The marked outer surface of an instrument:
verb
Informal. To communicate with (someone) by telephone:
Informal: phone.
Idioms: get someone on the horn, give someone a buzz.
Translations
قُرْصقُرْص الهاتِفميناءيَتَّصِل، يُدير قُرْص الهاتِفيُدِيرُ قُرْصَ الهَاتِف
vytočitciferníkčíselníkstupnicevolicí kotouč
drejeindstillingsknapnummerskiveringetaste
valita numero puhelimella
nazvati
számlaptárcsatárcsáz
skífa á símtækistöîvaskaliúrskífa, klukkuskífavelja
ダイヤルする
전화를 걸다
ciferblatasdiskasskalėsurinkti
ciparnīcaciparripaskalauzgriezt
ciferníkčíselníkvytočiť
gumb za iskanje postajizbrati številkoodtipkati številkoštevilčnicazavrteti številko
slå
หมุน
çevirmekkadransaat yüzütelefon numara kadranıtuşlamak
quay số

dial

[ˈdaɪəl]
A. N
1. [of clock] → esfera f, carátula f (Mex); [of instrument] → esfera f, cuadrante m; [of radio] → dial m (Aut) (on dashboard) → cuadrante m; (= tuner) → selector m; [of telephone] → disco m
2. (= face) → jeta f, cara f
B. VT (Telec) → marcar, discar (LAm)
to dial a wrong numberequivocarse de número (al marcar)
can I dial Bombay direct?¿puedo llamar a Bombay directamente?, ¿hay discado directo a Bombay? (LAm)
to dial 999; dial 911 (US) → llamar al teléfono de emergencia
C. VI (Telec) → marcar, discar (LAm)
D. CPD dial code N (US) → prefijo m
dial tone N (US) → señal f de marcar, tono m de marcar

dial

[ˈdaɪəl]
n [clock] → cadran m; [radio] → cadran m
vt (on the phone) [+ number] → faire, composer
to dial a wrong number → faire un faux numéro
vi (on the phone)composer le numérodial code n (US)indicatif m

dial

n
(of clock)Zifferblatt nt; (of speedometer, pressure gauge)Skala f; (Telec) → Wähl- or Nummernscheibe f; (on radio etc) → (Frequenzbereich-)Einstellskala f
(inf, = face) → Visage f (inf)
vt (Telec) → wählen; to dial directdurchwählen; you can dial London directman kann nach London durchwählen; to dial 999den Notruf wählen; to dial a wrong numbereine falsche Nummer wählen, sich verwählen
vi (Telec) → wählen

dial

[ˈdaɪl]
1. n (of clock, instrument) → quadrante m; (of radio) → scala; (of telephone) → disco (combinatore)
2. vt (Telec) (number) → fare; (more formal) → comporre
to dial a wrong number → sbagliare numero
can I dial London direct? → si può chiamare Londra in teleselezione?
to dial 999 → chiamare il 113

dial

(ˈdaiəl) noun
1. the face of a watch or clock. My watch has a dial you can see in the dark.
2. the turning disc over the numbers on a telephone.
3. any disc etc bearing numbers etc used to give information. the dial on a radio.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈdialled
to turn a telephone dial to get a number. She dialled the wrong number.

dial

يُدِيرُ قُرْصَ الهَاتِف vytočit ringe wählen παίρνω τηλέφωνο marcar valita numero puhelimella composer nazvati comporre ダイヤルする 전화를 걸다 draaien ringe wybrać numer discar набирать номер slå หมุน tuşlamak quay số 拨号
References in classic literature ?
On the triangular portion of the gable, that fronted next the street, was a dial, put up that very morning, and on which the sun was still marking the passage of the first bright hour in a history that was not destined to be all so bright.
When the sea is moderately calm, and slightly marked with spherical ripples, and this gnomon-like fin stands up and casts shadows upon the wrinkled surface, it may well be supposed that the watery circle surrounding it somewhat resembles a dial, with its style and wavy hour-lines graved on it.
The time of the day was right for the eclipse; I had seen that for myself, in the beginning, by the dial that was near by.
Ordinarily, a gilded angel strikes the hour on a big bell with a hammer; as the striking ceases, a life-sized figure of Time raises its hour-glass and turns it; two golden rams advance and butt each other; a gilded cock lifts its wings; but the main features are two great angels, who stand on each side of the dial with long horns at their lips; it was said that they blew melodious blasts on these horns every hour--but they did not do it for us.
The hands, stealing their steady way round the dial of the clock, pointed to ten minutes to nine.
But besides the operation of its own wires, the Western Union was supplying customers with various kinds of printing-telegraphs and dial telegraphs, some of which could transmit sixty words a minute.
This dial with movable needle is a manometer, is it not?
The stars, those dial points of heaven, now warned the adventurers to close their eyes on the blazing logs, and open them, in dreams, to the glow of the Great Carbuncle.
After this, you will perhaps be surprised to hear that although Gawaine was at home, the hand of the dial in the courtyard had scarcely cleared the last stroke of three when Arthur returned through the entrance-gates, got down from the panting Rattler, and went into the house to take a hasty luncheon.
In this way he remained, with his round black face peering above the edge of the rock, like the sun just emerging above the edge of the horizon, or the round- cheeked moon on the dial of a clock.
Our General Communication dial has caught her talk and begins to eavesdrop.
Cheyne sat down and read the dial for her (there were some miles which stand for records to this day), but the seventy-foot car never changed its long, steamer-like roll, moving through the heat with the hum of a giant bee.