from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument that converts voice and other sound signals into a form that can be transmitted to remote locations and that receives and reconverts waves into sound signals.
- transitive v. To speak with (a person) by telephone.
- transitive v. To initiate or make a telephone connection with; place a call to.
- transitive v. To transmit (a message, for example) by telephone.
- intransitive v. To engage in communication by telephone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An electronic device used for two-way talking with other people (often shortened to phone).
- v. To contact someone by dialing his or her telephone number; to make someone's telephone ring using one's own telephone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument for reproducing sounds, especially articulate speech, at a distance.
- transitive v. To convey or announce by telephone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An interurban telephone system.
- n. An instrument or apparatus for the transmission of sound to a distant point.
- To communicate by telephone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
- n. transmitting speech at a distance
- n. electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
tele- + -phone. From French téléphone, from Ancient Greek τῆλε (tēle, "afar") + φωνή (phōnē, "voice, sound") (Wiktionary)