- an apparatus, system, or process for transmission of sound or speech to a distant point, especially by an electric device.
- to speak to or summon (a person) by telephone.
- to send (a message) by telephone.
- to send a message by telephone.
Origin of telephone
Examples from the Web for telephoning
He then raised his right hand to his mouth to signal he would be telephoning her.Mafia’s Cocaine-in-a-Can Bust
February 12, 2014
So ATF clerks have to begin by telephoning the manufacturer to learn the name of the wholesaler.How Bronx Teen Shaaliver Douse, Killed by Cops, Ended Up With a Gun
August 10, 2013
The dear fussy little woman said that John had been telephoning inquiries.The Bacillus of Beauty
Cornwall, after telephoning his mother that he would not be home, went with him.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
Telephoning to the hotel where the Mowbrays had been stopping, he learned that they had gone.The Princess Virginia
C. N. Williamson
But upstairs, Gertrude was telephoning for the district attorney.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
They 've been telephoning Denver and holding conferences and all that sort of thing.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
- Also called: telephone setan electrical device for transmitting speech, consisting of a microphone and receiver mounted on a handset
- (as modifier)a telephone receiver
- a worldwide system of communications using telephones. The microphone in one telephone converts sound waves into electrical signals that are transmitted along a telephone wire or by radio to one or more distant sets, the receivers of which reconvert the incoming signal into the original sound
- (as modifier)a telephone exchange; a telephone call
- See telephone box
- to call or talk to (a person) by telephone
- to transmit (a recorded message, radio or television programme, or other information) by telephone, using special transmitting and receiving equipment
Word Origin and History for telephoning
1878, from telephone (n.). Related: Telephoned; telephoning.
1835, "apparatus for signaling by musical notes" (devised by Sudré in 1828), from French téléphone (c.1830), from télé- "far" (see tele-) + phone "sound" (see fame (n.)). Also used of other apparatus early 19c., including "instrument similar to a foghorn for signaling from ship to ship" (1844). The electrical communication tool was first described in modern form by P.Reis (1861); developed by Bell, and so called by him from 1876.