from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument that converts voice and other sound signals into a form that can be transmitted to remote locations and that receives and reconverts waves into sound signals.
- transitive v. To speak with (a person) by telephone.
- transitive v. To initiate or make a telephone connection with; place a call to.
- transitive v. To transmit (a message, for example) by telephone.
- intransitive v. To engage in communication by telephone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An electronic device used for two-way talking with other people (often shortened to phone).
- v. To contact someone by dialing his or her telephone number; to make someone's telephone ring using one's own telephone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument for reproducing sounds, especially articulate speech, at a distance.
- transitive v. To convey or announce by telephone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An interurban telephone system.
- To communicate by telephone.
- n. An instrument or apparatus for the transmission of sound to a distant point.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
- n. transmitting speech at a distance
- n. electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
Before considering the various types it is well to state that the term telephone is often rather loosely used.
The modern custom more often applies the term telephone to the complete organization of talking and signaling apparatus, together with the associated wiring and cabinet or standard on which it is mounted.
The history of the invention of the telephone is a confusing mass of claims and counterclaims, further worsened by lawsuits which attempted to resolve the patent claims of individuals.
It reminds you that the telephone is a relatively recent technology.
While today, the telephone is among the most common of household items, and no one would consider it too difficult to use, in the beginning, how could anyone have predicted its profound effect on our world.
It did not embrace any of the most valuable principles involved in what we know as the telephone, since it could not transmit _speech_.
I could set up a little enchantment of mine which I call the telephone, and he could not find out its secret in a hundred years.
Communication between Earth and spacecraft is clunky and reminiscent of the days when switchboard operators had to plug in telephone lines by hand to connect the people at either end.
That single telephone is only one hair on the brontosaurus.
"I swear to God that he was not a Basij member or had any government affiliation," said Mr. Jaleh's cousin, by telephone from the Kurdish city of Paveh in northwestern Iran.