American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An interactive computerized system for answering and routing telephone calls, for recording, saving, and relaying messages, and sometimes for paging the user.
- n. uncountable a computerized interactive system for storing, processing and reproducing verbal messages left through a conventional telephone network
- n. countable an individual message on such a system
- n. a computerized system for answering and routing telephone calls; telephone messages can be recorded and stored and relayed
“You have reached Penelope Randall's voice mail I'm away from my desk right now.”
“I called Pauline from a pay phone, but I got voice mail and couldn't bear to leave a message.”
“They both had, really, since the guy named Clint, one of the night crew from the Marina Safeway, had left a message on Rivera's voice mail that Jody Stroud, the redheaded vampire, had not left town as she had promised, and that her boyfriend, Tommy Flood, was now also a vampire.”
““Message sent today at four-fifteenP.M.,” my voice mail informed me.”
“I expected to get his voice mail cops arenever at their desks, but got that honey-covered voice pouring over me instead.”
“Some cell phones I had seen signaled a voice mail message with a little pictogram of an envelope.”
“Then he sipped his coffee and speed-dialed his boss, Curtis Mauney, one-handed, and left a voice mail describing what he had seen.”
“When I called Sheriff Lowell, his voice mail picked up.”
“Mr Big would have to be caught personally hacking the Pope's voice mail "It's God here, Benny, please ring me back" before being in trouble.”
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