Definition of Dial

1. Noun. The face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours.

Generic synonyms: Face
Group relationships: Horologe, Timekeeper, Timepiece



2. Verb. Operate a dial to select a telephone number. "You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial"
Category relationships: Telephone, Telephony
Generic synonyms: Control, Operate

3. Noun. The control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning.
Generic synonyms: Control, Controller

4. Verb. Choose by means of a dial. "Dial a telephone number"
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take

5. Noun. The circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments.
Generic synonyms: Indicator

6. Noun. A disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called.
Exact synonyms: Telephone Dial
Group relationships: Dial Phone, Dial Telephone
Terms within: Finger Hole
Generic synonyms: Selector, Selector Switch

Definition of Dial

1. n. An instrument, formerly much used for showing the time of day from the shadow of a style or gnomon on a graduated arc or surface; esp., a sundial; but there are lunar and astral dials. The style or gnomon is usually parallel to the earth's axis, but the dial plate may be either horizontal or vertical.

2. v. t. To measure with a dial.

Definition of Dial

1. Noun. A graduated, circular scale over which a needle moves to show a measurement (such as speed). ¹

2. Noun. A clock face. ¹

3. Noun. A sundial. ¹

4. Noun. A panel on a radio etc showing wavelengths or channels; a knob that is turned to change the wavelength etc. ¹

5. Noun. A disk with finger holes on a telephone; used to select the number to be called. ¹

6. Noun. (British) (''old-fashioned'') A person's face. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To measure or indicate something with a dial. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To control or select something with a dial ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To select a number, or to call someone, on a telephone. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To use a dial or a telephone. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dial

1. to manipulate a calibrated disk [v DIALED, DIALING, DIALS or DIALLED, DIALLING, DIALS]

Medical Definition of Dial

1. 1. An instrument, formerly much used for showing the time of day from the shadow of a style or gnomon on a graduated arc or surface; especially, a sundial; but there are lunar and astral dials. The style or gnomon is usually parallel to the earth's axis, but the dial plate may be either horizontal or vertical. 2. The graduated face of a timepiece, on which the time of day is shown by pointers or hands. 3. A miner's compass. Dial bird, an Indian bird (Copsychus saularius), allied to the European robin. The name is also given to other related species. Dial lock, a lock provided with one or more plates having numbers or letters upon them. These plates must be adjusted in a certain determined way before the lock can be operated. Dial plate, the plane or disk of a dial or timepiece on which lines and figures for indicating the time are placed. Origin: LL. Dialis daily, fr. L. Dies day. See Deity. 1. To measure with a dial. "Hours of that true time which is dialed in heaven." (Talfourd) 2. To survey with a dial. Origin: Dialed or Dialled; Dialing or Dialling. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dial

diagramming
diagrams
diagraph
diagraphic
diagraphical
diagraphics
diagraphs
diagrid
diagrids
diaheliotropic
diaheliotropism
diakineses
diakinesis
diakinetic
diakoptics
dial (current term)
dial-a-ride
dial-in
dial-up
dial-ups
dial in
dial indicator
dial manometer
dial phone
dial telephone
dial tone
dial tones
dialable
dialane
dialarhoea

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