telephone meaning

  • A telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly.
  • In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was the first to be granted a United States patent for a device that produced clearly intelligible replication of the human voice. This instrument was further developed by many others.
  • The essential elements of a telephone are a microphone (transmitter) to speak into and an earphone (receiver) which reproduces the voice in a distant location.
FR téléphone

    Definition of telephone in English Dictionary

  • NounPLtelephonesPREtele-SUF-phone
    1. A telecommunication device (originally mechanical, and now electronic) used for two-way talking with another person (often shortened to phone).
      1. (US) Chinese whispers.
        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.
    2. VerbSGtelephonesPRtelephoningPT, PPtelephoned
      1. To (attempt to) contact someone using the telephone.
        1. “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. …”
    3. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • We're going to have to get a second telephone line installed at our house, because the teenagers spend so much time talking to their friends.
        • VoIP obviated traditional expensive long-distance telephone service.
        • Because they are generally quite thick, old telephone books are sometimes used in informal tests of a weapon's cutting ability.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Morphemes
        • Prefixes
          • Words by prefix
            • Words prefixed with tele-
          • Suffixes
            • Words by suffix
              • Words suffixed with -phone
          • Nouns
            • Countable nouns
            • Verbs
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            1. en telephoned
            2. en telephoner
            3. en telephones
            4. en telephoners
            5. en telephoneless
            Source: Wiktionary
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            Meaning of telephone for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "telephone" is a morpheme, more specifically, a prefixe and a suffixe. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb.
            Difficultness: Level 2
            Easy     ➨     Difficult
            Definiteness: Level 9
            Definite    ➨     Versatile