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Origin of dial

First recorded in 1400鈥50; Middle English dial, diel,dyal 鈥渋nstrument for telling time by the sun's shadow,鈥 from Old French dyal, from Medieval Latin di膩lis 鈥渄aily鈥 (Latin di(膿s) ) 鈥渄ay鈥 + -膩lis adjective suffix; cf. -al1)

OTHER WORDS FROM dial

un路di路aled, adjectiveun路di路alled, adjective

Other definitions for dial (2 of 2)

dial.

abbreviation
dialect.
dialectal.
dialectic.
dialectical.
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How to use dial in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dial (1 of 2)

dial
/ (藞da瑟蓹l, da瑟l) /

noun
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 of dial

dialler, noun

Word Origin for dial

C14: from Medieval Latin di膩lis daily, from Latin di膿s day

British Dictionary definitions for dial (2 of 2)

dial.

abbreviation for
dialect(al)
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