1. [ noun ] (electronics,telecommunications) electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
Synonyms: phone telephone_set

"I talked to him on the telephone"

Related terms: electronic_equipment desk_phone radiotelephone speakerphone extension pay-phone dial_telephone telephone_extension handset telephone_system telephone_receiver mouthpiece
2. [ verb ] (telecommunications) get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
Synonyms: call phone ring call_up

"I tried to call you all night" "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"

Related terms: telecommunicate call_in cell_phone call call caller dial
3. [ noun ] (telecommunications) transmitting speech at a distance
Synonyms: telephony
Related terms: telecommunication call call_forwarding call_waiting call dial call_in hang_on cell_phone call
Similar spelling:   telephoner