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EtymologyEdit

From the verb phrase dial in.

AdjectiveEdit

dial-in (not comparable)

  1. Of a system or service, accepting incoming connections over a telephone line.
    You can access your messages via Option 3 of our dial-in service menu.
  2. (networking) Of a computer, set up to accept incoming modem calls.
  3. (networking, proscribed) Dial-up.

Usage notesEdit

  • When used as an adjective, hyphenated; when used as a verb, unhyphenated (dial in).
  • Use as a synonym for dial-up is proscribed, as dial-up consists of outgoing calls (a network client), not incoming calls (a network server).

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