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noun     telephone pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable]Sound effect a piece of electronic equipment that you use for speaking to someone in a different place, especially a landline (=a phone that is attached to a telephone line). A telephone is often simply called a phone

    They have a telephone next to their bed.

    a digital cordless telephone

    a telephone rings:

    The telephone’s been ringing all morning.

    pick up/answer the telephone:

    Pascoe picked up the telephone and saidHello.”

    use the telephone:

    May I use your telephone?

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the system of communicating using telephones

      The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell.

      over the telephone:

      People are interviewed over the telephone.

      by telephone:

      I placed my order by telephone two weeks ago.

    2. b.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] American a game in which something is repeated quietly from one person to another, in order to see how it has changed when the last person hears it

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