Definitions for call waiting
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a telephone service whereby a person engaged in a phone call is notified by a tone that a second call is being made to the same number.
Category: Telegraphy and Telephony
Origin of call waiting:
a way of letting you know that someone else is calling when you are using your telephone
Call waiting, in telephony, is a feature on some telephone networks. If a calling party places a call to a called party which is otherwise engaged, and the called party has the call waiting feature enabled, the called party is able to suspend the current telephone call and switch to the new incoming call, and can then negotiate with the new or the current caller an appropriate time to ring back. Call waiting, then, alleviates the need to have more than one line for voice communications.
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