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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 down

vb
(adverb) to reduce or become reduced: to dial down an argument.
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Dial down irrigation systems or turn them off if rain is predicted.
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If you've been rubbing your hands with glee at headlines announcing that a symbol to denote disapproval is on the way, you might want to dial down your excitement.
AFTER the excesses of Danny Collins, Al Pacino turns the over-acting dial down several notches for this gently meandering character study.
XXA 12A AFTER the excesses of Danny Collins, Al Pacino turns the over-acting dial down for this gentle character study.
If scientists can dial down growth signals in human colon cancers, Dow says, tumors may wither away--just as they did in mice.
I think we should dial down the demand for a while to allow the stocks to increase, but it's not likely to happen while the demand for sushi exists.
If the faces have that zombie glow, dial down the intensity.
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As greyhaired Alma, Julianne had to dial down the glamour but she has more than made up for it on the promotional trail for the movie.
As greyhad As greyhaired to dial but she has more than Alma, Julianne had to dial down the glamour but she has more than made up for it on the promotional trail for the movie.