- telephone(def 1).
- a portable electronic telephone device, as a cell phone, mobile phone, or smartphone.
- to speak to or summon (a person) by telephone.
- to send (a message) by telephone.
- to send a message by telephone.
Origin of phone1
- a speech sound: There are three phonetically different “t” phones in an utterance of “titillate,” and two in an utterance of “tattletale.”
Origin of phone2
- a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone).
Origin of -phone
Examples from the Web for phone
“We talked about the science the whole time the other day,” Krauss told The Daily Beast in a phone interview.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Now it can't open on my phone due to what appears to be software incompatibility.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Eventually Morrow was released with no money, vehicle, or phone.Are Police Stealing People’s Property?
Joan Blades, Matt Kibbe
January 2, 2015
My wife was talking to her on the phone, and I just kinda found the courage to ask her.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
The phone is apparently the one he took from his girlfriend after shooting her outside Baltimore and heading for New York.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
You have seen the Greek word "phone," which means the voice, before.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
His reason for wanting to see me, he said, he'd rather not give me over the 'phone.The Harbor
He rose to leave, but paused while Colonel Boynton answered the phone.
He was working with trembling fingers at the phone where Sykes had pointed.
This number the spectator dialed on the phone Mr. Grace carried.
- short for telephone
- phonetics a single uncomplicated speech sound
- (forming nouns) indicating voice, sound, or a device giving off soundmicrophone; telephone
- (forming nouns and adjectives) (a person) speaking a particular languageFrancophone
Word Origin and History for phone
1884, shortening of telephone (n.). Phone book first recorded 1925; phone booth 1927; phone bill 1901.
1884, from phone (n.). Related: Phoned; phoning.
"elementary sound of a spoken language," 1866, from Greek phone (see fame (n.)).
word-forming element meaning "voice, sound," also "speaker of," from Greek phone "voice, sound," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, say, tell" (cf. Latin for, fari "to speak," fama "talk, report;" see fame (n.)).