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  1. a telephone in which sound or speech is transmitted by means of radio waves instead of through wires or cables.
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verb (used with or without object), ra·di·o·tel·e·phoned, ra·di·o·tel·e·phon·ing.
  1. to telephone by radiotelephony.
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Origin of radiotelephone

First recorded in 1905–10; radio- + telephone
Related formsra·di·o·tel·e·phon·ic [rey-dee-oh-tel-uh-fon-ik] /ˌreɪ di oʊˌtɛl əˈfɒn ɪk/, adjective
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Related Words for radiotelephone

transmission, wireless, receiver, Walkman, telegraphy, radiotelegraphy, telephony, radiotelegraph, Marconi, radiotelephone, CB, radionics, shortwave

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Historical Examples of radiotelephone

  • Then there was a demand for radiotelephone apparatus to be used on airplanes.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • They were preparing to leave when another flash from Washington came over the radiotelephone.

British Dictionary definitions for radiotelephone


  1. Also called: radiophone, wireless telephone a device for communication by means of radio waves rather than by transmitting along wires or cables
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  1. to telephone (a person) by radiotelephone
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Sometimes shortened to: radio
Derived Formsradiotelephonic (ˌreɪdɪəʊˌtɛlɪˈfɒnɪk), adjectiveradiotelephony (ˌreɪdɪəʊtɪˈlɛfənɪ), noun
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