from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A telephone.
  • intransitive v. To telephone.
  • transitive v. To get in touch with by telephone.
  • transitive v. To impart (information or news, for example) by telephone.
  • transitive v. To make a telephone call to (a specific number): Phone 411 for directory assistance.
  • n. A speech sound considered without reference to its status as a phoneme or an allophone in a language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device for transmitting sound in real time across distances.
  • v. To call (someone) on the telephone.
  • n. A speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties, considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Colloq. for telephone.
  • n. a speech sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To telephone.
  • n. A sound; a vocal sound; a tone produced by the vibration of the vocal cords; one of the primary elements of utterance. See phonate, phonetic.
  • n. A telephone: generally applied to the receiver, but sometimes to the whole apparatus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
  • n. electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
  • n. electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear
  • v. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone


Short for telephone.
Greek phōnē, sound, voice; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortening of telephone. (Wiktionary)



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