or di·rect di·al
[ dih-rekt-dahy-uh l, -dahyl, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈrɛktˈdaɪ əl, -ˈdaɪl, daɪˈrɛkt- /
verb (used with or without object)
to make a telephone call outside the local area without the assistance of an operator.
being a telephone or telephone system enabling long-distance calls to be direct-dialed.
of or relating to direct dialing.
Direct Questions vs. Reported DialogueA direct question is when you ask a question by speaking directly (e.g. “How are you doing today?”). Reported dialogue is when you report what someone else says (e.g. “Joan asked how you’re doing today.”). Reported dialogue usually uses the third person point of view. Direct Questions Direct questions usually include interrogative pronouns or adverbs. Interrogative pronouns and adverbs include words like as who, what, …
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Examples from the Web for direct-dial
The Queen sent her first email at an RAF base in 1976 and she made the first direct-dial trunk call from the UK in 1958.
Malone, realizing that with direct-dial phones Boyd had no idea where he was actually calling from, kept wisely quiet.Occasion for Disaster|Gordon Randall Garrett