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 dialling
Historical Examples of dialling
Aug. 8th, John Elmeston,m student of Oxford, cam to me for dialling.
The art of dialling is intricate, and this indicates that the old clockmaker had a sound technical and scientific knowledge.Chats on Old Clocks
The general principles of dialling will now be readily understood.
He wrote on dialling and made a number of improvements in geometric instruments.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)
Augustus de Morgan
During the 17th century dialling was discussed at great length by many writers on astronomy.
- 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.