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  1. of, relating to, or happening by means of a telephone system.
  2. carrying sound to a distance by artificial means.
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Origin of telephonic

First recorded in 1825–35; tele-1 + -phone + -ic
Related formstel·e·phon·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·tel·e·phon·ic, adjectivenon·tel·e·phon·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·tel·e·phon·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for telephonic

Historical Examples of telephonic

  • Brett explained to his companions the motives of his second telephonic message.

    The Albert Gate Mystery

    Louis Tracy

  • The lookout should have telephonic connection with rangers down the slopes.

  • In a moment Jimmy was in telephonic communication with his chief.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss

  • These are for the most part worked from two signal-boxes in telephonic communication.

  • Then it transpired that this concert was a telephonic experiment.

Word Origin and History for telephonic


1834, in reference to a system of signaling by musical sounds, from tele- + phonic.

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