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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

    One Has Tweeted!|Tom Sykes|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • 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