Meaning of TELEPHONE in English


I. ˈte-lə-ˌfōn noun

Usage: often attributive

Date: 1844

: an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance ; specifically : one in which sound is converted into electrical impulses for transmission (as by wire)

II. verb

( -phoned ; -phon·ing )

Date: 1877

transitive verb

1. : to speak to or attempt to reach by telephone

2. : to send by telephone

intransitive verb

: to communicate by telephone

• tele·phon·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.