Meaning of DIAL in English


Pronunciation: ' d ī (- ə )l

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English dyal, from Medieval Latin dialis clock wheel revolving daily, from Latin dies day ― more at DEITY

Date: 15th century

1 : the face of a sundial

2 obsolete : TIMEPIECE

3 : the graduated face of a timepiece

4 a : a face upon which some measurement is registered usually by means of graduations and a pointer <the thermometer dial reads 70°F> b : a device that may be operated to make electrical connections or to regulate the operation of a machine <a radio dial > <a telephone dial >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.