Definitions for DIALˈdaɪ əl, daɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

di•alˈdaɪ əl, daɪl(n.; v.)di•aled, di•al•ing; di•alled, di•al•ling.

  1. (n.)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.

    Category: Horology

  2. a plate or disk with markings or figures for indicating or registering some measurement or number, usu. by means of a pointer.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  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.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  4. a set of numbered and lettered push buttons on a telephone that perform the function of a rotary dial.

    Category: Radio and Television

    Ref: rotary dial .

  5. radio or television broadcasting:

    a new personality on the morning dial.

    Category: Showbiz

  6. (v.t.)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.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  10. (v.i.)to dial a telephone.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  11. to tune in or regulate by means of a dial.

Origin of dial:

1400–50; late ME: sundial, presumably < ML diālis daily (L di(ēs) day +-ālis -al1)


  1. dialect; dialectal.

  2. dialectic; dialectical.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dial(noun)

    the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours

  2. dial(noun)

    the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning

  3. dial(noun)

    the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments

  4. dial, telephone dial(verb)

    a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called

  5. dial(verb)

    operate a dial to select a telephone number

    "You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial"

  6. dial(verb)

    choose by means of a dial

    "dial a telephone number"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dial(noun)ˈdaɪ əl, daɪl

    a round control on a machine

    Turn the dial to the left.

  2. dialˈdaɪ əl, daɪl

    the round face of a clock or other measuring device

    to read a dial

  3. dial(verb)ˈdaɪ əl, daɪl

    to enter numbers on a telephone

    I dialed the wrong number.


  1. dial(Noun)

    A graduated, circular scale over which a needle moves to show a measurement (such as speed).

  2. dial(Noun)

    A clock face.

  3. dial(Noun)

    A sundial.

  4. dial(Noun)

    A panel on a radio etc showing wavelengths or channels; a knob that is turned to change the wavelength etc.

  5. dial(Noun)

    A disk with finger holes on a telephone; used to select the number to be called.

  6. dial(Noun)

    (old-fashioned) A person's face.

  7. dial(Verb)

    To measure or indicate something with a dial.

  8. dial(Verb)

    To control or select something with a dial

  9. dial(Verb)

    To select a number, or to call someone, on a telephone.

  10. dial(Verb)

    To use a dial or a telephone.

  11. Origin: Its original meaning was 'sundial' and/or 'clock dial', from dialis, because of its use in telling the time of day.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dial(noun)

    an instrument, formerly much used for showing the time of day from the shadow of a style or gnomon on a graduated arc or surface; esp., a sundial; but there are lunar and astral dials. The style or gnomon is usually parallel to the earth's axis, but the dial plate may be either horizontal or vertical

  2. Dial(noun)

    the graduated face of a timepiece, on which the time of day is shown by pointers or hands

  3. Dial(noun)

    a miner's compass

  4. Dial(verb)

    to measure with a dial

  5. Dial(verb)

    to survey with a dial

Anagrams of DIAL

  1. laid

  2. Dail

Translations for DIAL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the face of a watch or clock

My watch has a dial you can see in the dark.

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