from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device for answering one's telephone and recording callers' messages.
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- n. A device that automatically records voice mail from unanswered telephone calls.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an electronic device that answers the telephone and records messages
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He got an answering machine telling him to try a mobile number, and he reached Gordon Quint in a car somewhere … and he told Gordon where you would be, if Ellis wanted to find you. '
It rang twice then connected, the recognisable static hiss telling him it was an answering machine even before the recorded announcement commenced.
She backs away and considers leaving or letting Jack finish his service (according to her fading recollection of such things, they are getting close), but then the answering machine echoes in her head — "We're the real Diehls!" — and she decides she can at least ruin the former Mrs. Mason's day.
"The odds of Celluci's alleged mummy randomly tapping phone lines or gaining access to Henry's answering machine are about as likely as …" She sighed and redialed Henry's number. "… as it existing at all."
The lights on the answering machine glowed; the display panel on the fax broadcast the word "standby."
I tried Lucy from my last job, who would have loved to have seen me but had been ordered by her obstetrician to lie on her left side; I tried Ginny from my desktop publishing seminar and Athena from my Dukakis days; I tried Nayla from my sourdough workshop, whose answering machine thanked me for the good energy, then failed to beep.
The echo of Franklin Baker's voice from the answering machine had shaken her, even if she couldn't hear the words.
Thus when Gráinne left a message on my answering machine one day when I was out, I did not reply.
The neon-pink phone next to the answering machine was a cordless, and I picked it up on my way to her room.
Anju went to an end table by the fireplace and looked at an answering machine next to a neon-pink phone.