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A rotary-dial telephone

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

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telephone ‎(plural telephones)

  1. A telecommunication device (originally mechanical, and now electronic) used for two-way talking with another person (often shortened to phone).
  2. (US) Chinese whispers.
    • 2013 October 27, Erik Adams, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “The PTA Disbands””, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      And since the spring of 1995, no game of telephone has ended without some Simpsons-loving smart-ass dropping “purple monkey dishwasher” into the chain.

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

  1. To (attempt to) contact someone using the telephone.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad[2]:
      “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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