- 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 telephoned
Your first telephoned rape and death threat from a strange caller.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
Some are telephoned anonymously to my office; others are sent—unsigned, of course—through the mails.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 19, 2014
En route, Martin telephoned a female friend, who will testify how she heard him say to Zimmerman, “Why are you following me?”George Zimmerman Trial, Day One: ‘F--king Punks’
June 24, 2013
She says in her statement that Armstrong telephoned her husband.Why Victoria Gotti Is Rooting for Banned Cyclist Lance Armstrong
October 23, 2012
He telephoned the Archives and I was buzzed through a locked door to climb up several hundred stone steps to the Round Tower.Working in The Royal Archives and Dreaming Up a Novel
October 16, 2012
She telephoned the Country Club that morning, and found that Palmer had not been there.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I telephoned to your headquarters, and they said you had come here.The Gentleman From Indiana
I would have telephoned or written but I feared it would not be safe.City of Endless Night
I telephoned to the police there, just after you left, and they said they'd send out a posse.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
I was detained at a concert, and Bartley telephoned that he would be late.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
- 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 telephoned
1878, from telephone (n.). Related: Telephoned; telephoning.
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.