What does dialog mean?

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dialogue, dialog, duologuenoun

    a conversation between two persons

  2. dialogue, dialognoun

    the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction

  3. dialogue, dialognoun

    a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people

    "he has read Plato's Dialogues in the original Greek"


  1. dialognoun

    A conversation or other form of discourse between two or more individuals.

    Bill and Melinda maintained a dialogue via email over the course of their long-distance relationship.

  2. dialognoun

    In a dramatic or literary presentation, the verbal parts of the script or text; the verbalizations of the actors or characters.

    The movie had great special effects, but the dialogue was lackluster.

  3. dialognoun

    A literary form, where the presentation resembles a conversation.

    A literary historian, she specialized in the dialogues of ancient Greek philosophers.

  4. dialognoun

    A dialog box.

  5. dialogverb

    To discuss or negotiate so that all parties can reach an understanding.

    Pearson wanted to dialogue with his overseas counterparts about the new reporting requirements.

  6. Etymology: From dialog, from διάλογος, from διά + λόγος, from διαλέγομαι, from διά + λέγειν.


  1. dialog

    Dialogue is a conversational exchange.


  1. dialog

    A dialog refers to a conversation between two or more persons, characters or devices. In literature, it is used to portray the interactions between characters. In computing, it refers to an interactive exchange like a question and response process between a user and a computer program. Also, it is a form of interactive communication protocol, where actions or processes are more cooperative rather than one-sided. A dialog can also imply a discussion of ideas or opinions on a certain topic, often with differing viewpoints.


  1. Dialog

    Dialog is an online information service owned by ProQuest, who acquired it from Thomson Reuters in mid-2008. Dialog was one of the predecessors of the World Wide Web as a provider of information, though not in form. The earliest form of the Dialog system was completed in 1966 under the direction of Roger K. Summit. According to its literature, it was "the world's first online information retrieval system to be used globally with materially significant databases". In the 1980s, a low-priced dial-up version of a subset of Dialog was marketed to individual users as Knowledge Index. This subset included INSPEC, MathSciNet, over 200 other bibliographic and reference databases, as well as third-party retrieval vendors who would go to physical libraries to copy materials for a fee and send it to the service subscriber.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dialog in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dialog in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of dialog in a Sentence

  1. Tim Forster:

    They're the writers and the stars, everything is under their control. They'll sit down with a few people in a room and talk about their ideas, the action and dialog. Someone jots it all down and we flesh it out.

  2. Edward Hallet Carr, Was ist Geschichte?, S. 54:

    Geschichte ist [...] ein Dialog zwischen Gegenwart und Vergangenheit. [re-transl.:] History is [...] a dialogue between the present and the past.

  3. Karsten Iltgen:

    Dialog has delivered the consensus-beating results that we had been hoping for.

  4. Michael Schill:

    I have forcefully articulated the view that, under my leadership, we will not tolerate sexual violence at the University of Oregon. We have put in place ambitious programs aimed at educating students and staff about how to prevent sexual assaults from happening, although these issues predate my joining the university, there is no doubt that this incident was a tragedy and marked a very difficult time at UO. We have worked hard to build bridges, and I am pleased to say that I enjoy an open dialog with Professor Freyd.

  5. President Nancy M. Targett:

    At the same time, the sensitivity of our campus to this potential issue clearly indicates a need for continuing dialog within our community.

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