- an apparatus, system, or process for transmission of sound or speech to a distant point, especially by an electric device.
- to speak to or summon (a person) by telephone.
- to send (a message) by telephone.
- to send a message by telephone.
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
January 3, 2015
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
December 13, 2014
“I grew up with Special Forces,” Shadman said during a telephone interview Wednesday.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
“I was a nobody there,” Sisler insisted in a telephone interview, during which he slurred his words and acknowledged he was drunk.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
“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 …
October 9, 2014
A telephone message had already told him of the death of Bill Dozier.
"That's what they got over the telephone," said Scottie apologetically.
They'll take the telephone and rouse the towns all along the mountains.
When, finally, he addressed his friend over the telephone, his tones were of the cheerfulest.
Only the maid answered the ringing of the telephone, and his notes were seemingly unheeded.
- 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
- See telephone box
- to call or talk to (a person) by telephone
- to transmit (a recorded message, radio or television programme, or other information) by telephone, using special transmitting and receiving equipment
Word Origin and History for telephone
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.