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 dialled
Historical Examples of dialled
Arnold rose and dialled 11-C, handed him the drink and dialled 9-R for himself.
Jonathan reached for the phone, dialled the Institute and asked for Dr. Stoughton.Rough Translation
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He reached over to the interapartment video and dialled the garage downstairs.This Crowded Earth
Arnold rose abruptly, then strode to the alco-mech and dialled himself another drink.
Arnold rose, dialled himself another drink, then changed his mind and put it down untouched.
- 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
1650s, "to work with aid of a dial or compass," from dial (n.). Telephone sense is from 1923. Related: Dialed; dialing.
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.