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te·leph·o·ny

 (tə-lĕf′ə-nē)
n.
1. The transmission of sound between distant stations, especially by radio or telephone.
2. The technology and manufacture of telephone equipment.

te·leph′o·nist n.
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telephonist

(tɪˈlɛfənɪst)
n
(Telecommunications) Brit a person who operates a telephone switchboard. Also called (esp US): telephone operator
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.telephonist - someone who helps callers get the person they are callingtelephonist - someone who helps callers get the person they are calling
manipulator, operator - an agent that operates some apparatus or machine; "the operator of the switchboard"
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Translations
عامِل التِّلفون
-katelefonista
omstillingsdame
telefonkezelõ
símavörîur
santral memuru

telephonist

[tɪˈlefənɪst] Ntelefonista mf
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telephonist

[tɪˈlɛfənɪst] n (British)téléphoniste mf
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telephonist

n (Brit) → Telefonist(in) m(f)
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telephonist

[tɪˈlɛfənɪst] n (Brit) → telefonista m/f
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
But the matter- of-fact young telephonists agreed to lay the blame on "induction"--a hazy word which usually meant the natural meddlesomeness of electricity.
It was also the year that Birmingham Mail telephonists kept a telephone log book because the newspaper, as the region's premier media organisation, was receiving lots of bomb calls.
Don't get me wrong, almost all the taxi drivers, telephonists and managers are all charming, but when a verbal contract is 'drawn up' by the customer and the taxi firm, it should be adhered to.
Dr Roger Ford, secretary of Sunderland Local Medical Committee said: "The use of non-medically trained staff to answer patients' telephone calls and make decisions on the type of care required by those patients is fraught with potential difficulties, despite the telephonists working to nationally developed computer based care plans."
THE final episode looks at women who worked in offices as secretaries, telephonists, accountants and civil servants.
I'm already something of a hermit and the telephonists are often the only people I speak to all day.
Those were happy, happy days and I still go out to lunch with four of the telephonists I met there.
The public dialling of 999 is received by women telephonists instructed to ignore calls that are not life-threatening.
Telephonists or switchboard operators are the first point of contact for callers to an organisation.
'Everyone will get a bonus - from the coach and his players right down to the telephonists.'
Unison took claims for equal pay on behalf of nurses, catering assistants, domestics, sewing machine assistants, porters and telephonists employed by North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
It is staffed round the clock by seven telephonists, who operate the computerised call handling system, as well as bleeper contact with 50 staff.