- Electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
- telephone, telephone set
- (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
- speech sound, sound
- Electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear
- earphone, earpiece, headphone
Derived forms: phoning, phoned, phones
See also: phonate, phoner, phonetic, phonic
Type of: electro-acoustic transducer, electronic equipment, language unit, linguistic unit, telecommunicate
Part of: phone system, telephone system, utterance, vocalization
AmE / noun, verb
■ noun [C,U]
CELLULAR PHONE, FIXED PHONE, MOBILE PHONE
a system for talking to sb else over long distances using wires or radio; a machine used for this:
You can get technical support over the phone.
They like to do business by phone.
He' s been on the phone to his office for more than an hour.
Her phone must be switched off.
■ verb (especially BrE) (BrE also phone up) [+ obj or no obj]
to make a telephone call to sb:
You'll have to phone her office to make an appointment.
She phoned up for a chat.
Can I phone you back later?
I'm phoning about your ad in the paper.
For reservations, phone 0206 500 3939.
to make a telephone call to the place where you work:
Sarah phoned in to say she'd be late.
Three people have phoned in sick already this morning.
phone sth in
to make a telephone call to the place where you work in order to give sb some information
1. Telephone (wire or radio).
2. To establish communication via telephone.
3. Colloquialism for voice communication (radiotelephone), particularly via amateur-radio single sideband on the high-frequency bands (160 through 10 meters).
4. A minimal, unique speech sound. Also called SOUND UNIT.
- -phone: /-fōn/ &nbs ...
- on the phone: [American slang]Go ...
- phone for: phone for sth • ph ...
- cover her while i phone the police.
- kennedy cradled the phone on his shoulder.
- i should like to make a phone call, if possible.
- write a phone number on a slip of paper.
- excuse me, where is the nearest phone?