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radiotelephone

[rey-dee-oh-tel-uh-fohn]
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noun
  1. a telephone in which sound or speech is transmitted by means of radio waves instead of through wires or cables.
verb (used with or without object), ra·di·o·tel·e·phoned, ra·di·o·tel·e·phon·ing.
  1. to telephone by radiotelephony.

Origin of radiotelephone

First recorded in 1905–10; radio- + telephone
Related formsra·di·o·tel·e·phon·ic [rey-dee-oh-tel-uh-fon-ik] /ˌreɪ di oʊˌtɛl əˈfɒn ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for radio-telephone

Historical Examples

  • In the multiplex telephone system we pictured transmitting and receiving sets very much like radio-telephone sets.

    Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son

    John Mills

  • This shows also a radio-telephone connection between the coast of California and Catalina Island.

  • He ran back into the radio-telephone cubby, which was a division of the control car.

    Raiders Invisible

    Desmond Winter Hall

  • Commodore Phillips immediately confirmed that his vessel did have radio-telephone apparatus.

    Saboteurs on the River

    Mildred A. Wirt


British Dictionary definitions for radio-telephone

radiotelephone

noun
  1. Also called: radiophone, wireless telephone a device for communication by means of radio waves rather than by transmitting along wires or cables
verb
  1. to telephone (a person) by radiotelephone
Sometimes shortened to: radio
Derived Formsradiotelephonic (ˌreɪdɪəʊˌtɛlɪˈfɒnɪk), adjectiveradiotelephony (ˌreɪdɪəʊtɪˈlɛfənɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for radio-telephone

n.

1900, from radio (n.) + telephone (n.).

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