- a telephone in which sound or speech is transmitted by means of radio waves instead of through wires or cables.
- to telephone by radiotelephony.
Origin of radiotelephone
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Examples from the Web for radio-telephone
In the multiplex telephone system we pictured transmitting and receiving sets very much like radio-telephone sets.
This shows also a radio-telephone connection between the coast of California and Catalina Island.
He ran back into the radio-telephone cubby, which was a division of the control car.Raiders Invisible
Desmond Winter Hall
Commodore Phillips immediately confirmed that his vessel did have radio-telephone apparatus.Saboteurs on the River
Mildred A. Wirt
- Also called: radiophone, wireless telephone a device for communication by means of radio waves rather than by transmitting along wires or cables
- to telephone (a person) by radiotelephone
Sometimes shortened to: radio
Word Origin and History for radio-telephone
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