What does DIAL mean?

Definitions for DIALˈdaɪ əl, daɪl

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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"


  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

  6. Origin: [LL. dialis daily, fr. L. dies day. See Deity.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dial

    dī′al, n. an instrument for showing the time of day by the sun's shadow: a timepiece: the face of a watch or clock: a circular plate on which a movable index shows the degree of pressure, &c.—v.t. to measure, as with a dial.—ns. Dī′alist, a maker of dials: one skilled in dialling; Dī′alling, the art of constructing dials: the science which explains the measuring of time by the sun-dial: surveying by help of a compass with sights, such as is called a 'miner's dial;' Dīal-plate. [M. E. dial—Low L. dialis, daily—L. dies, a day.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DIAL in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DIAL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    When in trouble dial 911; pray.

  2. Vince Macaluso:

    We go from high-speed to dial-up.

  3. Benjamin Franklin:

    Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade

  4. Tom Roseen:

    Investors are feeling pretty good that the dialing up of interest rates is not on speed-dial.

  5. Olafur Eliasson:

    It sort of looks like a dial on the watch, the title 'Ice Watch' is also about watching the time.

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