What does Phone mean?

Definitions for Phone

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Phone.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. telephone, phone, telephone setnoun

    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"

  2. phone, speech sound, soundnoun

    (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language

  3. earphone, earpiece, headphone, phonenoun

    electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear

    "it was not the typing but the earphones that she disliked"

  4. call, telephone, call up, phone, ringverb

    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"


  1. phoneverb

    To get or try to get into communication with, using a telephone; as, I phoned him this morning.


  1. phonenoun

    A speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties, considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language.

  2. Etymology: Shortening of telephone.


  1. phone

    A telephone is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be easily heard directly. A telephone converts sound, typically and most efficiently the human voice, into electronic signals that are transmitted via cables and other communication channels to another telephone which reproduces the sound to the receiving user. The term is derived from Greek: τῆλε (tēle, far) and φωνή (phōnē, voice), together meaning distant voice. A common short form of the term is phone, which came into use early in the telephone's history.In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was the first to be granted a United States patent for a device that produced clearly intelligible replication of the human voice at a second device. This instrument was further developed by many others, and became rapidly indispensable in business, government, and in households. The essential elements of a telephone are a microphone (transmitter) to speak into and an earphone (receiver) which reproduces the voice at a distant location. The receiver and transmitter are usually built into a handset which is held up to the ear and mouth during conversation. The transmitter converts the sound waves to electrical signals which are sent through the telecommunication system to the receiving telephone, which converts the signals into audible sound in the receiver or sometimes a loudspeaker. Telephones permit transmission in both directions simultaneously. Most telephones also contain an alerting feature, such as a ringer or a visual indicator, to announce an incoming telephone call. Telephone calls are initiated most commonly with a keypad or dial, affixed to the telephone, to enter a telephone number, which is the address of the call recipient's telephone in the telecommunication system, but other methods existed in the early history of the telephone. The first telephones were directly connected to each other from one customer's office or residence to another customer's location. Being impractical beyond just a few customers, these systems were quickly replaced by manually operated centrally located switchboards. These exchanges were soon connected together, eventually forming an automated, worldwide public switched telephone network. For greater mobility, various radio systems were developed for transmission between mobile stations on ships and automobiles in the mid-20th century. Hand-held mobile phones were introduced for personal service starting in 1973. In later decades, their analog cellular system evolved into digital networks with greater capability and lower cost. Convergence in communication services has provided a broad spectrum of capabilities in cell phones, including mobile computing, giving rise to the smartphone, the dominant type of telephone in the world today.


  1. phone

    A phone is a telecommunications device that allows for voice communication over long distances. It typically consists of a handheld device with a keypad or touchscreen for input, a speaker and microphone for audio output and input, and a means of connecting to a network or service provider to facilitate the communication process.


  1. Phone

    In phonetics and linguistics a phone is a unit of speech sound. The word phone may refer to any speech sound or gesture considered a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language. In contrast, a phoneme is a set of phones or a set of sound features that are thought of as the same element within the phonology of a particular language. A phone is a speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties, and serves as the basic unit of phonetic speech analysis. A phonetic transcription is enclosed within square brackets, rather than the slashes of a phonemic transcription.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Phone

    Colloquial abbreviation for telephone.

Editors Contribution

  1. phone

    A type of device and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, software, technology, shapes, sizes and styles.

    There are various phones available in 2020 some are smartphones, mobile phones, handsets for businesses and various other types.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Phone' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1907

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Phone' in Written Corpus Frequency: #595

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Phone' in Nouns Frequency: #662

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Phone' in Verbs Frequency: #559

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Phone in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Phone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Phone in a Sentence

  1. Dick Durbin:

    I was on the phone with him yesterday, had a long conversation with him, i've seen him in Chicago, invited him to come in for a fundraiser. John is ready for this job.

  2. Patricia Hunter:

    I have never witnessed the phone go silent and that is virtually what has happened.

  3. Samuel Liu:

    It's a legal drug; it's a fast-moving consumer good; and it's an electronic product, electronic cigarettes will be the second item you carry in your pocket, after your phone.

  4. Matt Strawn:

    Cruz's comments on (phone call) metadata help him with a significant share of Iowa's libertarian-oriented vote, while Rubio's responses are exactly what traditional national security conservatives in Iowa want to hear, little happened to alter the dynamic of the race as we approach Christmas.

  5. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon:

    There was a lot of lobbying. Gina Rinehart's people got on the phone, as I understand it. And I think they were very effective, i'm sure that Canberra's economy was stimulated by the influx of lobbying dollars.

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