What does telephone mean?

Definitions for telephone
ˈtɛl əˌfoʊntele·phone

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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. telephone, telephonyverb

    transmitting speech at a distance

  3. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. telephonenoun

    An electronic device used for two-way talking with other people (often shortened to phone).

  2. telephoneverb

    To contact someone by dialing his or her telephone number; to make someone's telephone ring using one's own telephone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Telephonenoun

    an instrument for reproducing sounds, especially articulate speech, at a distance

  2. Telephoneverb

    to convey or announce by telephone

Freebase

  1. Telephone

    A telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are not in the same vicinity of each other to be heard directly. A telephone converts sound, typically and most efficiently the human voice, into electronic signals suitable for transmission via cables or other transmission media over long distances, and replays such signals simultaneously in audible form to its user. The word telephone has been adapted into the vocabulary of many languages. It is derived from the Greek: τῆλε, tēle, far and φωνή, phōnē, voice, together meaning distant voice. First patented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell and further developed by many others, the telephone was the first device in history that enabled people to talk directly with each other across large distances. Telephones became rapidly indispensable to businesses, government, and households, and are today some of the most widely used small appliances. The essential elements of a telephone are a microphone to speak into and an earphone which reproduces the voice of the distant person. In addition, most telephones contain a ringer which produces a sound to announce an incoming telephone call, and a dial used to enter a telephone number when initiating a call to another telephone. Until approximately the 1970s most telephones used a rotary dial, which was superseded by the modern Touch-Tone push-button dial, first introduced by AT&T in 1963. The receiver and transmitter are usually built into a handset which is held up to the ear and mouth during conversation. The dial may be located either on the handset, or on a base unit to which the handset is connected by a cord containing wires.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Telephone

    tel′e-fōn, n. an instrument for reproducing sound at a distance over a conducting wire or cord, esp. by means of electricity.—v.t. and v.i. to communicate by telephone.—n. Tel′ephōner, one who uses a telephone.—adj. Telephon′ic.—adv. Telephon′ically.—ns. Tel′ephōnist, one who uses the telephone, one skilled in its use; Telephō′nograph, an apparatus for recording a telephone message.—adj. Telephonograph′ic.—n. Tel′ephony, the art of telephoning. [Gr. tēle, far, phōnē, a sound.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Telephone

    An instrument for reproducing sounds especially articulate speech at a distance. (Webster, 3rd ed)

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Telephone

    An instrument for the transmission of articulate speech by the electric current. The current is defined as of the undulatory type. (See Current, Undulatory.) The cut shows what may be termed the fundamental telephone circuit. A line wire is shown terminating in ground plates and with a telephone in circuit at each end. The latter consists of a magnet N S with a coil of insulated wire H surrounding one end. Facing the pole of the magnet is a soft iron diaphragm D, held in a frame or mouthpiece T. Any change of current in the line affects the magnetism of the magnet, causing it to attract the diaphragm more or less. The magnet and diaphragm really constitute a little electric motor, the diaphragm vibrating back and forth through an exceedingly short range, for changes in the magnetic attraction. The principle of the reversibility of the dynamo applies here. If the magnet is subjected to no change in magnetism, and if the diaphragm is moved or vibrated in front of its poles, currents will be induced in the wire bobbin which surrounds its end. If two such magnets with bobbins and diaphragms are arranged as shown, vibrations imparted to one diaphragm will send currents through the line which, affecting the magnetism of the distant magnet, will cause its diaphragm to vibrate in exact accordance with the motions of the first or motor diaphragm. In the combination one telephone represents a dynamo, the other a motor. If the vibrations of the diaphragm are imparted by the voice, the voice with all its modulations will be reproduced by the telephone at the distant end of the line.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. TELEPHONE

    From Eng. _tell_, to talk, and Grk. _phonos_, murder. A machine in which talk is murdered.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. telephone

    An instrument for reproducing sounds, especially articulate speech, at a distance, by the aid of electricity or electro-magnetism. It consists essentially of a device by which currents of electricity, produced by the sounds, and exactly corresponding in duration and intensity to the vibrations of the air which attend them, are transmitted to a distant station, and there, acting on suitable mechanism, reproduce similar sounds by repeating the vibrations. Telephones were recently used by Sir Garnet Wolseley in the war in Zululand, and are being rapidly adopted in European armies.

Editors Contribution

  1. telephone

    A type of device created and designed for people and systems to communicate, transmit, hear and speak using equipment and technology.

    A telephone in 2020 can be a hand held device or online technological tool or piece of software.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'telephone' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1618

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'telephone' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1297

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'telephone' in Nouns Frequency: #656

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'telephone' in Verbs Frequency: #662

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of telephone in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of telephone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of telephone in a Sentence

  1. President Biden:

    Sergeant Kyle King, i’m sorry you had to make the call. That telephone call that every family dreads when they have a son or daughter, husband, wife, brother, sister in uniform. Every morning they pin that badge on, go to work and expect to come home. In the back of your minds, ‘We’ll never get that call.’.

  2. Novak Djokovic:

    I had a telephone conversation with the leaders of world tennis. There were talks about the continuation of the season, mostly about the U.S. Open due in late August, but it's not known whether it will be held, the rules that they told us that we would have to respect to be there, to play at all, they are extreme. We would not have access to Manhattan, we would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week.

  3. Gene Kimmelman:

    At the time the government broke up ATT, what many people don't realize is that Congress was in the process of passing legislation that would have also restructured or broken up ATT, so there was enormous parallel tracking between the Justice Department case and the congressional effort to restructure the telephone monopoly.

  4. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak:

    Yesterday Sefcovic and I spoke on the telephone. He suggested meeting on Monday. He and I are in contact and we are coordinating our actions.

  5. Maureen Vogel:

    That's a serious disconnect. Every time you see somebody using a telephone behind the wheel, whether that's texting or talking, you need to be able to pull them over right away and ticket them for it.

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