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Definitions of dial

  1. To measure with a dial. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To survey with a dial. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. choose by means of a dial; "dial a telephone number" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. operate a dial to select a telephone number; "You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. 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
  6. the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. The graduated face of a timepiece, on which the time of day is shown by pointers or hands. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.

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Usage examples for dial

  1. I am suddenly immensely hungry and dial breakfast all over again. – The Lost Kafoozalum by Pauline Ashwell
  2. He said, Didn't even have to dial in Central Data for these. – Brink of Madness by Walter J. Sheldon
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