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 telephoning
He then raised his right hand to his mouth to signal he would be telephoning her.
So ATF clerks have to begin by telephoning the manufacturer to learn the name of the wholesaler.How Bronx Teen Shaaliver Douse, Killed by Cops, Ended Up With a Gun|Michael Daly|August 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Twenty minutes later, after composing my soul and powdering my nose, I was telephoning all over the city trying to find Duncan.The Prairie Wife|Arthur Stringer
Inside of half an hour she will probably be telephoning you to say she is sorry.Marjorie Dean High School Senior|Pauline Lester
I'll set Ramsdell to telephoning on your behalf, if you will call him.The Brentons|Anna Chapin Ray
Oh, thought Dick in sudden but dim enlightenment, they were telephoning.The Flying Death|Samuel Hopkins Adams
What about telephoning to Mr. Haight about permission to rip down that cement wall?The Motor Girls at Camp Surprise|Margaret Penrose
- 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
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.