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Definition 1: the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours - [noun denoting artifact]

(dial is a kind of ...) the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)

"he dealt the cards face down"

(... is part of dial) a measuring instrument or device for keeping time

Definition 2: a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for dial in the sense of this definition

(dial is a kind of ...) a switch that is used to select among alternatives

(dial is a part of ...) a hole for inserting a finger

(... is part of dial) a telephone with a dial for registering the number to be called

Definition 3: the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments - [noun denoting artifact]

(dial is a kind of ...) a device for showing the operating condition of some system

Definition 4: the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning - [noun denoting artifact]

(dial is a kind of ...) a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine

"the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly" "I turned the controls over to her"

Definition 5: choose by means of a dial - [verb of cognition]

Samples where dial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dial a telephone number

(dial is a kind of ...) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

"Take any one of these cards" "Choose a good husband for your daughter" "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

Definition 6: operate a dial to select a telephone number - [verb of communication]

Samples where dial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial

(dial is a kind of ...) handle and cause to function

"do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol" "control the lever"

(dial belongs to category ...) transmitting speech at a distance

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