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telephone

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A rotary-dial telephone

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tele- +‎ -phone. From French téléphone, from Ancient Greek τῆλε (têle, afar) + φωνή (phōnḗ, voice, sound)

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telephone (plural telephones)

  1. An electronic device used for two-way talking with other people (often shortened to phone).
  2. (US) Chinese whispers.

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telephone (third-person singular simple present telephones, present participle telephoning, simple past and past participle telephoned)

  1. To contact someone by dialing his or her telephone number; to make someone's telephone ring using one's own telephone.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      “I came down like a wolf on the fold, didn’t I ?  Why didn’t I telephone ?  Strategy, my dear boy, strategy. This is a surprise attack, and I’d no wish that the garrison, forewarned, should escape. …”

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