verb (used with object), tel·e·phoned, tel·e·phon·ing.
verb (used without object), tel·e·phoned, tel·e·phon·ing.
- telephone answering machine,
- telephone bank,
- telephone banking,
- telephone book,
- telephone booth
Origin of telephone
Examples from the Web for telephone
After my first trip to his place in Tucson we called one another on the telephone.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Once a month he attaches a device to his chest, clamps metal bracelets on his wrists, and hooks the whole thing up to a telephone.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I grew up with Special Forces,” Shadman said during a telephone interview Wednesday.
“I was a nobody there,” Sisler insisted in a telephone interview, during which he slurred his words and acknowledged he was drunk.
“The clashes are ongoing—street battles,” he said in a telephone interview.U.S. Planes are Blowing the Hell out of ISIS at Kobani, But …|Jamie Dettmer|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mrs. Palmer alone was absent from her guests, sitting at the telephone.The Relentless City|Edward Frederic Benson
Before supper she found, by half a dozen telephone calls, that Fern had fled to the Minniemashie House.Main Street|Sinclair Lewis
Yes, but why didn't my mistress wire or telephone from wherever she is to let her maid know?Miss Million's Maid|Bertha Ruck
After a series of unsuccessful inquiries over the telephone, I set out to make personal investigation.The Sixth Sense|Stephen McKenna
I'll telephone Washington and have some men with apparatus sent right down from the Bureau of Standards.The Great Drought|Sterner St. Paul Meek
- Also called: telephone setan electrical device for transmitting speech, consisting of a microphone and receiver mounted on a handset
- (as modifier)a telephone receiver
- a worldwide system of communications using telephones. The microphone in one telephone converts sound waves into electrical signals that are transmitted along a telephone wire or by radio to one or more distant sets, the receivers of which reconvert the incoming signal into the original sound
- (as modifier)a telephone exchange; a telephone call
1835, "apparatus for signaling by musical notes" (devised by Sudré in 1828), from French téléphone (c.1830), from télé- "far" (see tele-) + phone "sound" (see fame (n.)). Also used of other apparatus early 19c., including "instrument similar to a foghorn for signaling from ship to ship" (1844). The electrical communication tool was first described in modern form by P.Reis (1861); developed by Bell, and so called by him from 1876.
1878, from telephone (n.). Related: Telephoned; telephoning.