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TELEPHONE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does telephone mean? 

TELEPHONE (noun)
  The noun TELEPHONE has 2 senses:

1. electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
2. transmitting speech at a distance

  Familiarity information: TELEPHONE used as a noun is rare.


TELEPHONE (verb)
  The verb TELEPHONE has 1 sense:

1. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

  Familiarity information: TELEPHONE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TELEPHONE (noun)


Sense 1telephone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

phone; telephone; telephone set

Context example:

I talked to him on the telephone

Hypernyms ("telephone" is a kind of...):

electronic equipment (equipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor))

Meronyms (parts of "telephone"):

mouthpiece (an acoustic device; the part of a telephone into which a person speaks)

receiver; telephone receiver (earphone that converts electrical signals into sounds)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "telephone"):

desk phone (a telephone set that sits on a desk or table)

dial phone; dial telephone (a telephone with a dial for registering the number to be called)

extension; extension phone; telephone extension (an additional telephone set that is connected to the same telephone line)

French telephone; handset (telephone set with the mouthpiece and earpiece mounted on a single handle)

pay-phone; pay-station (a coin-operated telephone)

radiophone; radiotelephone; wireless telephone (a telephone that communicates by radio waves rather than along cables)

speakerphone (a telephone with a microphone and loudspeaker; can be used without picking up a handset; several people can participate in a call at the same time)

Holonyms ("telephone" is a part of...):

phone system; telephone system (a communication system that transmits sound between distant points)


Sense 2telephone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Transmitting speech at a distance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

telephony; telephone

Hypernyms ("telephone" is a kind of...):

telecom; telecommunication ((often plural) systems used in transmitting messages over a distance electronically)

Domain member category:

hang on; hold on; hold the line (hold the phone line open)

dial (operate a dial to select a telephone number)

call in (make a phone call)

cell phone (call up by using a cellular phone)

call; call up; phone; ring; telephone (get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "telephone"):

voice mail; voicemail (a computerized system for answering and routing telephone calls; telephone messages can be recorded and stored and relayed)

call; phone call; telephone call (a telephone connection)

call forwarding (lets you transfer your incoming calls to any telephone that you can dial direct)

call waiting (a way of letting you know that someone else is calling when you are using your telephone)


TELEPHONE (verb)


Sense 1telephone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

phone; telephone; call up; call; ring

Context examples:

I tried to call you all night / Take two aspirin and call me in the morning

Hypernyms (to "telephone" is one way to...):

telecommunicate (communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail)

"Telephone" entails doing...:

dial (operate a dial to select a telephone number)

Domain category:

telephone; telephony (transmitting speech at a distance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "telephone"):

cell phone (call up by using a cellular phone)

call in (make a phone call)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

Sam cannot telephone Sue
They telephone


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