Origin of dial

1400–50; late Middle English: instrument for telling time by the sun's shadow, presumably < Medieval Latin diālis daily (Latin di(ēs) day + -ālis -al1)

Related forms

un·di·aled, adjectiveun·di·alled, adjective

Definition for dial (2 of 2)

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/ (ˈdaɪəl, daɪl) /


verb dials, dialling or dialled or US dials, dialing or dialed

to establish or try to establish a telephone connection with (a subscriber or his number) by operating the dial on a telephone
(tr) to indicate, measure, or operate with a dial

Derived Forms

dialler, noun

Word Origin for dial

C14: from Medieval Latin diālis daily, from Latin diēs day

British Dictionary definitions for dial (2 of 2)


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