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tel·e·phone

 (tĕl′ə-fōn′)
n.
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.
v. tel·e·phoned, tel·e·phon·ing, tel·e·phones
v.tr.
1.
a. To make or try to make a telephone connection with; place a call to: telephoned the police station.
b. To dial (a telephone number).
2. To transmit (a message, for example) by telephone: I telephoned that I was sick and could not come to work.
v.intr.
To engage in communication by telephone: She telephoned to invite us to the party.

tel′e·phon′er n.

telephone

(ˈtɛlɪˌfəʊn)
n
1. (Telecommunications)
a. Also called: telephone set an electrical device for transmitting speech, consisting of a microphone and receiver mounted on a handset
b. (as modifier): a telephone receiver.
2. (Telecommunications)
a. 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
b. (as modifier): a telephone exchange; a telephone call.
3. (Telecommunications) See telephone box
vb
4. (Telecommunications) to call or talk to (a person) by telephone
5. (Telecommunications) to transmit (a recorded message, radio or television programme, or other information) by telephone, using special transmitting and receiving equipment
Often shortened to: phone
ˈteleˌphoner n
telephonic adj
ˌteleˈphonically adv

tel•e•phone

(ˈtɛl əˌfoʊn)

n., v. -phoned, -phon•ing. n.
1. Also called phone. an apparatus, system, or process for transmission of sound or speech to a distant point, esp. by an electric device.
v.t.
2. to speak to (a person) by telephone; phone.
3. to send (a message) by telephone; phone.
v.i.
4. to send a message or speak by telephone; phone.
[1825–35]
tel′e•phon`er, n.

telephone


Past participle: telephoned
Gerund: telephoning

Imperative
telephone
telephone
Present
I telephone
you telephone
he/she/it telephones
we telephone
you telephone
they telephone
Preterite
I telephoned
you telephoned
he/she/it telephoned
we telephoned
you telephoned
they telephoned
Present Continuous
I am telephoning
you are telephoning
he/she/it is telephoning
we are telephoning
you are telephoning
they are telephoning
Present Perfect
I have telephoned
you have telephoned
he/she/it has telephoned
we have telephoned
you have telephoned
they have telephoned
Past Continuous
I was telephoning
you were telephoning
he/she/it was telephoning
we were telephoning
you were telephoning
they were telephoning
Past Perfect
I had telephoned
you had telephoned
he/she/it had telephoned
we had telephoned
you had telephoned
they had telephoned
Future
I will telephone
you will telephone
he/she/it will telephone
we will telephone
you will telephone
they will telephone
Future Perfect
I will have telephoned
you will have telephoned
he/she/it will have telephoned
we will have telephoned
you will have telephoned
they will have telephoned
Future Continuous
I will be telephoning
you will be telephoning
he/she/it will be telephoning
we will be telephoning
you will be telephoning
they will be telephoning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been telephoning
you have been telephoning
he/she/it has been telephoning
we have been telephoning
you have been telephoning
they have been telephoning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been telephoning
you will have been telephoning
he/she/it will have been telephoning
we will have been telephoning
you will have been telephoning
they will have been telephoning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been telephoning
you had been telephoning
he/she/it had been telephoning
we had been telephoning
you had been telephoning
they had been telephoning
Conditional
I would telephone
you would telephone
he/she/it would telephone
we would telephone
you would telephone
they would telephone
Past Conditional
I would have telephoned
you would have telephoned
he/she/it would have telephoned
we would have telephoned
you would have telephoned
they would have telephoned

telephone

Invented in 1876, the telephone has become a vital means of communication between people in business and everyday life. It carries sounds in the form of electrical signals along a wire. Mobile telephones are a more recent invention, allowing people to be contacted and to communicate while traveling in a car, train, and even aircraft.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.telephone - electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into soundstelephone - electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds; "I talked to him on the telephone"
desk phone - a telephone set that sits on a desk or table
dial phone, dial telephone - a telephone with a dial for registering the number to be called
electronic equipment - equipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor)
extension phone, telephone extension, extension - an additional telephone set that is connected to the same telephone line
French telephone, handset - telephone set with the mouthpiece and earpiece mounted on a single handle
mouthpiece - an acoustic device; the part of a telephone into which a person speaks
pay-phone, pay-station - a coin-operated telephone
radiophone, radiotelephone, wireless telephone - a telephone that communicates by radio waves rather than along cables
speakerphone - a telephone with a microphone and loudspeaker; can be used without picking up a handset; several people can participate in a call at the same time
telephone receiver, receiver - earphone that converts electrical signals into sounds
phone system, telephone system - a communication system that transmits sound between distant points
2.telephone - transmitting speech at a distancetelephone - transmitting speech at a distance  
telecom, telecommunication - (often plural) systems used in transmitting messages over a distance electronically
voice mail, voicemail - a computerized system for answering and routing telephone calls; telephone messages can be recorded and stored and relayed
call, phone call, telephone call - a telephone connection; "she reported several anonymous calls"; "he placed a phone call to London"; "he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call"
call forwarding - lets you transfer your incoming calls to any telephone that you can dial direct
call waiting - a way of letting you know that someone else is calling when you are using your telephone
phone, telephone, call up, call, ring - get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone; "I tried to call you all night"; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
cell phone - call up by using a cellular phone; "If the train is late, I will cell phone you"
call in - make a phone call; "call in to a radio station"; "call in sick"
dial - operate a dial to select a telephone number; "You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial"
hold the line, hang on, hold on - hold the phone line open; "Please hang on while I get your folder"
Verb1.telephone - get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone; "I tried to call you all night"; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
telephony, telephone - transmitting speech at a distance
cell phone - call up by using a cellular phone; "If the train is late, I will cell phone you"
call in - make a phone call; "call in to a radio station"; "call in sick"
telecommunicate - communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
call - send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message; "Hawaii is calling!"; "A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling"

telephone

noun
1. phone, blower (informal), mobile (phone), handset, dog and bone (slang) They usually exchanged messages by telephone.
verb
1. call, phone, ring (chiefly Brit.), buzz (informal), dial, call up, give someone a call, give someone a ring (informal, chiefly Brit.), give someone a buzz (informal), give someone a bell (Brit. slang), put a call through to, give someone a tinkle (Brit. informal), get on the blower to (informal) I had to telephone him to say I was sorry.
Quotations
"The telephone gives us the happiness of being together yet safely apart" [Mason Cooley City Aphorisms]
"The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own" [Virginia Woolf The Common Reader]

telephone

verb
To communicate with (someone) by telephone:
Informal: dial, phone.
Idioms: get someone on the horn, give someone a buzz.
Translations
تلفون، هاتِفهَاتِفيَتَّصِلُ بالهاتِفيَتَحَدَّث بالهاتِفيُرْسِلُ أو يَطْلُبُ بالهاتِف
телефон
telefontelefonovat
telefonringe
telefono
telefon
puhelin
telefontelefonirati
telefontelefonál
hringja ísímihringja tilhringja
電話でんわ
전화
paskambinti įpranešti telefonutelefono stotistelefonų knygaužsakyti telefonu
dabūt savienojumupasūtīt/ziņot pa telefonusazvanīttelefonēt, zvanīt pa telefonutelefons
telefon
telefonický
telefontelefonirati
telefonringa
โทรศัพท์
điện thoại

telephone

[ˈtelɪfəʊn]
A. Nteléfono m
to be on the telephone (= be connected) → tener teléfono; (= be speaking) → estar hablando por teléfono
you're wanted on the telephonele llaman al teléfono
B. VItelefonear
I'll telephone for an ambulancellamaré a una ambulancia
D. CPD telephone answering machine Ncontestador m automático
telephone book N = telephone directory telephone booth (US) telephone box (Brit) Ncabina f telefónica
telephone call Nllamada f (telefónica)
telephone directory Nguía f telefónica
telephone exchange Ncentral f (telefónica); (private) → centralita f (Sp), conmutador m (LAm)
telephone kiosk N = telephone box telephone number Nnúmero m de teléfono, fono m (Chile)
he's paid in telephone numbersle pagan un dineral
telephone operator Ntelefonista mf
telephone sex Nteléfono m erótico
telephone subscriber Nabonado/a m/f telefónico/a
telephone tapping Nintervención f telefónica
telephone warning Naviso m telefónico

telephone

[ˈtɛlɪfəʊn]
n
(= phone) → téléphone m
She was wanted on the telephone → On la demandait au téléphone.
to answer the telephone → répondre au téléphone
He got up and answered the telephone → Il se leva et répondit au téléphone.
to be on the telephone (= be speaking) → être au téléphone
(= service) to be on the telephone (British) (= be subscriber) → être abonné(e) au téléphone
modif [banking, interview, voting] → par téléphone; [bill, company, line] → de téléphone; [conversation, helpline, hotline, link, message, network] → téléphonique; [engineer] → des télécoms; [manner] → au téléphone
vt
[+ person] → téléphoner à
[+ order, message] → téléphoner
vitéléphonertelephone answering machine nrépondeur m (téléphonique)telephone book nannuaire m téléphoniquetelephone booth telephone box (British) ncabine f téléphoniquetelephone call nappel m téléphonique
to make a telephone call → passer un appel, téléphonertelephone directory nannuaire m téléphoniquetelephone exchange ncentral m téléphoniquetelephone kiosk ncabine f téléphoniquetelephone number nnuméro m de téléphonetelephone operator ntéléphoniste mf, standardiste mftelephone pole n (US)poteau m téléphoniquetelephone tapping nmise f sur écoutetelephone wires nplfils mpl téléphoniques

telephone

nTelefon nt, → Fernsprecher (form) m; there’s somebody on the telephone for you, you’re wanted on the telephoneSie werden am Telefon verlangt; are you on the telephone? (Brit) have you got a telephone?haben Sie Telefon?; (= can you be reached by telephone?)sind Sie telefonisch zu erreichen?; he’s on the telephone (= is using the telephone)er telefoniert gerade; (= wants to speak to you)er ist am Telefon; by telephonetelefonisch; I’ve just been on the telephone to himich habe eben mit ihm telefoniert; I’ll get on the telephone to herich werde sie anrufen; we arranged it by telephone or over the telephonewir haben es telefonisch vereinbart; I heard a strange noise down the telephoneich hörte ein merkwürdiges Geräusch im Telefon; to shout down the telephoneins Telefon brüllen
vtanrufen; message, replytelefonisch mitteilen or übermitteln; he telephoned the news (through) to his motherer rief seine Mutter an, um ihr die Nachricht mitzuteilen; would you telephone the office to say …würden Sie im Büro or das Büro anrufen und sagen; telephone this number for further informationweitere Informationen unter folgender Telefonnummer, für weitere Informationen rufen Sie bitte diese Nummer an
vianrufen, telefonieren; (= make telephone call)telefonieren; to telephone for an ambulance/a taxieinen Krankenwagen/ein Taxi rufen

telephone

in cpdsTelefon-, Fernsprech- (form);
telephone answering machine
telephone banking
telephone bill
telephone book
nTelefonbuch nt
telephone box, (US) telephone booth
nTelefonzelle f
telephone call
telephone charges
telephone directory
nTelefonbuch nt
telephone exchange
n (esp Brit) → Fernsprechamt nt, → Vermittlungsstelle f (form)
telephone kiosk
nTelefonzelle f, → Sprechzelle f (form)
telephone line
telephone message
telephone network
nTelefonnetz nt
telephone number
nTelefonnummer f, → Rufnummer f (form); telephones (fig inf: = large amount) → riesige Summen pl
telephone operator
n (esp US) → Telefonist(in) m(f)
telephone sales
plTelefonverkauf mor -verkäufe pl
telephone sex
nTelefonsex m; telephone lineTelefonsexdienst m
telephone subscriber
plFernsprechteilnehmer(in) m(f)

telephone

[ˈtɛlɪˌfəʊn]
1. ntelefono
by telephone → telefonicamente
to have a telephone → avere il telefono
to be on the telephone (Brit) (subscriber) → avere il telefono (be speaking) → essere al telefono
I've just been on the telephone to my mother → ho appena parlato al telefono con mia madre
2. vitelefonare
3. vt (person) → telefonare a; (message) → telefonare

telephone

(ˈtelifəun) noun
(often abbreviated to phone) (foun) an instrument for speaking to someone from a distance, using either an electric current which passes along a wire or radio waves. He spoke to me by telephone / on the telephone; (also adjective) a telephone number/operator.
(often abbreviated to phone (foun) ) verb
1. to (try to) speak to (someone) by means of the telephone. I'll telephone you tomorrow.
2. to send (a message) or ask for (something) by means of the telephone. I'll telephone for a taxi.
3. to reach or make contact with (another place) by means of the telephone. Can one telephone England from Australia?
teˈlephonist (-ˈle-) noun
a person who operates a telephone switchboard in a telephone exchange.
telephone booth, telephone box (also ˈcall-box)
a small room or compartment containing a telephone for public use.
telephone directory
a book containing a list of the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all the people with telephones in a particular area. Look them up in the telephone directory.
telephone exchange
a central control through which telephone calls are directed.

telephone

هَاتِف telefon telefon Telefon τηλέφωνο teléfono puhelin téléphone telefon telefono 電話 전화 telefoon telefon telefon telefone телефон telefon โทรศัพท์ telefon điện thoại 电话

telephone

n. teléfono;
___ callllamada telefónica;
v. telefonear, llamar por teléfono.

telephone

n teléfono; cellular — teléfono celular
References in classic literature ?
The telephone bell rang and Tom picked up the instrument from the desk.
He laughed good-naturedly and reached for the desk telephone.
Seeing Teta Elzbieta's evident grief at this news, he added, after some hesitation, that if they really intended to make a purchase, he would send a telephone message at his own expense, and have one of the houses kept.
There, amidst flying belts and jarring wheels, the baby telephone was born, as feeble and helpless as any other baby, and "with no language but a cry.
What would he know of railway companies, of social movements, of telephone and telegraph wires, of the Parcels Delivery Company, and postal orders and the like?
Harvey got ready to faint or be sick, or both, when he heard a crack like a trunk thrown on a sidewalk, and, all small in his ear, a far-away telephone voice drawling: "Heave to
As it had rained all day and her employer wanted her to begin the next morning, she had the best possible excuse for renting a room in Fallon and asking Bill to ride in horseback with some things which she would ask Aunt Rose, over the telephone, to pack.
It was a small, office-like room, with a huge ledger upon the table, and a telephone projecting from the wall.
In response to a telephone inquiry, we received nothing more definite than a fulmination against the Press, ending up with the remark that if we would notify our boat he would hand us any directions which he might think it proper to give us at the moment of starting.
And just telephone to headquarters for a policeman, and let him come here at once and stand by till I want him.
He asked me more than once if he could telephone for a lawyer who had helped him a long time ago in a trade dispute, and in every sense acted as you would expect an innocent man to act.
The telephone was on the stairs, just outside her door.