Definition of Phone

1. Noun. Electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds. "I talked to him on the telephone"

2. Verb. Get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone. "They phone "; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
Exact synonyms: Call, Call Up, Ring, Telephone
Category relationships: Telephone, Telephony
Specialized synonyms: Cell Phone, Call In
Entails: Dial
Generic synonyms: Telecommunicate
Related verbs: Call
Derivative terms: Call, Caller, Phoner, Ring, Telephone, Telephone, Telephoner

3. Noun. (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language.
Exact synonyms: Sound, Speech Sound
Category relationships: Phonetics
Generic synonyms: Language Unit, Linguistic Unit
Group relationships: Utterance, Vocalization
Specialized synonyms: Phoneme, Vowel, Vowel Sound, Glide, Semivowel, Consonant, Orinasal, Orinasal Phone, Sonant, Voiced Sound
Derivative terms: Phonate, Phonetic, Phonetic, Phonic, Phonic, Sound, Sound

4. Noun. Electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear. "It was not the typing but the earphones that she disliked"
Exact synonyms: Earphone, Earpiece, Headphone
Specialized synonyms: Earplug, Receiver, Telephone Receiver
Generic synonyms: Electro-acoustic Transducer

Definition of Phone

1. n. & v. t. Colloq. for Telephone.

Definition of Phone

1. Noun. A device for transmitting sound in real time across distances. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To call (someone) on the telephone. ¹

3. Noun. (linguistics) A speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties, considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language. ¹

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Definition of Phone

1. to telephone [v PHONED, PHONING, PHONES] - See also: telephone

Lexicographical Neighbors of Phone

phone (current term)
phone-in show
phone bill
phone book
phone books
phone booth
phone booths
phone box
phone boxes
phone call
phone calls
phone card

Literary usage of Phone

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Directory of Federal Laboratory and Technology Resources: A Guide to ...Political Science (1993)
"Dr. Jennifer Sharp phone: (305) 238-9321. Insect Biology and Population ... DM Wesenberg phone: (208) 397-4162. Soil and Water Management Research Unit, ..."

2. Global Competitiveness of U.S. Advanced-Technology Industries: Cellular ...Technology (1994)
"Design features US cellular phone buyers tend to value advanced design features more than their foreign counterparts, although it is reported that design ..."

3. Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing, and Research in Grades 3-8 by Stephanie Harvey (1998)
"To get needed information, kids must know how to use the phone (and the phone ... At schools that value inquiry, everyone receives mail and phone calls, ..."

4. Reaching All Families: Creating Family-Friendly Schools edited by Oliver C. Moles (1997)
"Benefits of Positive phone Calls To be most effective, parents need to receive at least two or three positive phone calls over the course of the school year ..."

5. The Christian Science Journal by Mary Baker Eddy (1908)
"Albert B., CS Hours, 2 to 5 PM 12 M. 795 Frederick St. 'phone, Park 1435. ... Haine, Mrs. Maude, CS 1 to 3 PM 1260 731 Baker Street. 'phone. West 7764. ..."

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