Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To dial or be dialed incorrectly.

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  • verb transitive, intransitive To dial or use a keypad incorrectly, especially on a telephone.

Etymologies

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mis- +‎ dial

Examples

  • With shaking hands, I picked up the receiver to the telephone and punched in the numbers, careful not to misdial.

    Wrong Number

  • Finally on the point of every 911 call needing to be an emergency, it is quite possible to misdial and dial 911 instead of 811 or 611.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Man Arrested for Calling 911 Over Botched McDonald’s Order:

  • What really happened, one of the candidate's colleagues had tried to call the state criminal justice division which had a number almost identical to a porn line, a misdial.

    CNN Transcript Jan 1, 2008

  • What really happened, one of the candidate's colleagues had tried to call the state criminal justice division which had a number almost identical to a porn line, a misdial.

    CNN Transcript Jan 27, 2008

  • What really happened, one of the candidate's colleagues had tried to call the state criminal justice division which had a number almost identical to a porn line, a misdial.

    CNN Transcript Dec 1, 2007

  • My digits aren't dexterous enough to keep up with how fast my admittedly-failing memory recalls the number. 90% of the times I misdial, it's on the last number.

    May 2005

  • My digits aren't dexterous enough to keep up with how fast my admittedly-failing memory recalls the number. 90% of the times I misdial, it's on the last number.

    Things That Annoy Me

  • What really happened, one of the candidate's colleagues had tried to call the state criminal justice division which had a number almost identical to a porn line, a misdial.

    CNN Transcript Nov 28, 2007

  • Given that the number is virtually impossible to misdial, this traffic was baffling.

    The Best of Wired on Apple

  • Should you misdial to the wrong guy, you could be secreted away to Hungary and tortured until you confess to being part of that organization.

    Firedoglake » It’s High Time for Some Truth

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