verb (used with object), di·aled, di·al·ing or (especially British) di·alled, di·al·ling.
verb (used without object), di·aled, di·al·ing or (especially British) di·alled, di·al·ling.
Origin of dial
Examples from the Web for dial
Contemporary Examples of dial
In January 2013, the TRN group filed a second complaint in the Dial Global suit, demanding a jury trial.
This suspension, Masters said, had been forced upon ARNN by the Dial Global lawsuit.
All a thief had to do was take off the dial knob on the safe and place the little joker on inside of it.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Say the name you want to dial and the device connects you with mom or dad immediately.Fish on Wheels, Digital Pet Babysitters, and More of the Summer’s Best Kickstarters
May 29, 2014
“This is not the kind of thing you can dial in from doing a big study,” says Dr. Patel.Everything You Know About Fat Is Wrong
May 7, 2014
Historical Examples of dial
No dial or dial gearing is shown in the patent or exists in the patent model.
For the same reason, of course, there is no dial indicating seconds.
She drew a pretty little watch from her waist, and looked at the dial.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
"Perhaps the dial hand has become caught," suggested Mr. Sharp.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
"I wonder what our friends look like," Morse said, watching the dial.The Hour of Battle
- the control on a radio or television set used to change the station or channel
- the panel on a radio on which the frequency, wavelength, or station is indicated by means of a pointer
verb dials, dialling or dialled or US dials, dialing or dialed
Word Origin for dial
early 15c., "sundial," earlier "dial of a compass" (mid-14c.), apparently from Medieval Latin dialis "daily," from Latin dies "day" (see diurnal).
The word perhaps was abstracted from a phrase such as Medieval Latin rota dialis "daily wheel," and evolved to mean any round plate over which something rotates. Telephone sense is from 1879, which led to dial tone (1921), "the signal to begin dialing," which term soon might be the sole relic of the rotary phone.
1650s, "to work with aid of a dial or compass," from dial (n.). Telephone sense is from 1923. Related: Dialed; dialing.