telephone - definition and synonyms


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  1. [countable]

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    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’ve got 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.
      [only before noun] relating to or involving the telephone

      a telephone line/dial/switchboard