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  1. operate a dial to select a telephone number; "You must take the receive off the hook before you dial" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. choose by means of a dial; "dial a telephone number" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. operate a dial to select a telephone number; "You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. An instrument, formerly much used for showing the time of day from the shadow of a style or gnomon on a graduated arc or surface; esp., a sundial; but there are lunar and astral dials. The style or gnomon is usually parallel to the earth's axis, but the dial plate may be either horizontal or vertical. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The graduated face of a timepiece, on which the time of day is shown by pointers or hands. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A miner's compass. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To measure with a dial. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To survey with a dial. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A flat surface on which a metal finger casts a shadow in such a way as to show the time by the sun; the face of a timepiece; any plate on which an index finger marks revolutions, pressure, etc.; an insulated fixed wheel used in telegraphy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To measure or indicate by a dial. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. A clock-face. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  16. An instrument for showing the time of day by the sun's shadow: the face of a watch or clock. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Instrument showing the time of day by a shadow cast from the sun; face of a clock or watch. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. A device for indicating time by a shadow thrown upon a marked plate; as, a sun dial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Any graduated circular plate or face, as of a watch or clock, a mariners compass, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. A contrivance for showing the hour of the day by the sun's shadow; the graduated face of a timepiece; anything similar, with a movable index. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. An instr. for measuring time by the sun's shadow. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. for the measurement of time, only once mentioned in the Bible, erected by Ahaz ( 2 Kings 20:11 ; Isaiah 38:8 ). The Hebrew word (ma'aloth) is rendered "steps" in Ex Exodus 10:19 , and "degrees" in 2 Kings 20:9 2 Kings 20:10 2 Kings 20:11 . The ma'aloth was probably stairs on which the shadow of a column or obelisk placed on the top fell. The shadow would cover a greater or smaller number of steps, according as the sun was low or high. Probably the sun-dial was a Babylonian invention. Daniel at Babylon ( Daniel 3:6 ) is the first to make mention of the "hour." biblestudytools.com
  23. "An instrument for showing the time of day from the shadow of a style or gnomon on a graduated arc or surface; "rendered" steps" in Authorized Version, ( Exodus 20:26 ; 2 Kings 10:19 ) and "degrees," ( 2 Kings 20:9 2 Kings 20:10 2 Kings 20:11 ; Isaiah 38:8 ) where to give a consistent rendering we should read with the margin the "degrees" rather than the "dial" of Ahaz. It is probable that the dial of Ahaz was really a series of steps or stairs, and that the shadow (Perhaps of some column or obelisk on the top) fell on a greater or smaller number of them according as the sun was low or high. The terrace of a palace might easily be thus ornamented. biblestudytools.com
  24. d[=i]'al, n. an instrument for showing the time of day by the sun's shadow: a timepiece: the face of a watch or clock: a circular plate on which a movable index shows the degree of pressure, &c.--v.t. to measure, as with a dial.--ns. D[=I]'ALIST, a maker of dials: one skilled in dialling; D[=I]'ALLING, the art of constructing dials: the science which explains the measuring of time by the sun-dial: surveying by help of a compass with sights, such as is called a 'miner's dial;' D[=I]AL-PLATE. [M. E. dial--Low L. dialis, daily--L. dies, a day.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  25. (Usu. sun-d.) instrument showing hour by sun\'s shadow on graduated plate; (also d.-plate) face of clock or watch; plate in steam-gauge, gas-meter. &c., on which pressure, consumption, &c., are indicated by index-finger; (vb) measure, indicate, (as) with d. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. n. [Latin] An instrument for showing the time of day from the shadow of a stile on a graduated surface;—the graduated face of a timepiece on which the time of day is shown by pointers in hands. Cabinet Dictionary
  27. A plate marked with lines, where a hand or shadow shews the hour. Complete Dictionary

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