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telephone

[ tel-uh-fohn ]
/ 藞t蓻l 蓹藢fo蕣n /
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noun
an apparatus, system, or process for transmission of sound or speech to a distant point, especially by an electric device.
verb (used with object), tel路e路phoned, tel路e路phon路ing.
to speak to or summon (a person) by telephone.
to send (a message) by telephone.
verb (used without object), tel路e路phoned, tel路e路phon路ing.
to send a message by telephone.
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Origin of telephone

First recorded in 1825鈥35; tele-1 + -phone

OTHER WORDS FROM telephone

tel路e路phon路er, nounpre路tel路e路phone, adjectivere路tel路e路phone, verb, re路tel路e路phoned, re路tel路e路phon路ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for telephone

telephone
/ (藞t蓻l瑟藢f蓹蕣n) /

noun
  1. Also called: telephone set an electrical device for transmitting speech, consisting of a microphone and receiver mounted on a handset
  2. (as modifier)a telephone receiver
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)a telephone exchange; a telephone call
verb
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
Often shortened to: phone

Derived forms of telephone

telephoner, nountelephonic (藢t蓻l瑟藞f蓲n瑟k), adjectivetelephonically, adverb
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