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Alexander Graham Bell U.S. inventor of the telephone (b.1847--d.1922).
answering machine a device connected to a telephone that records an incoming message from a caller when the telephone is not answered.
area code in the United States and Canada, any of the three-digit codes that identify the regional telephone districts into which the countries are divided. [2 definitions]
buzz (informal) a call on the telephone. [2/9 definitions]
caber a long wooden pole, resembling a telephone pole, that is hoisted at one end and then thrown end over end to demonstrate strength, esp. in Scottish Highland games.
call to telephone. [2/21 definitions]
call box a box containing a telephone, posted on a street or highway, and used to make emergency calls. [2 definitions]
call girl a female prostitute who may be hired by telephone.
call-in a telephone conversation between a listener or viewer and a radio or television host, which is broadcast on the host's show. [2 definitions]
calling card a small card with one's name and sometimes address and telephone number printed on it, used when making business and social visits.
cell phone a mobile telephone that operates using radio signals and therefore requires no wires. A cell phone is part of a system composed of many low-power radio transmitters located in "cells" across a region and will receive a radio signal from whichever transmitter in the system is closest.
cellular phone a mobile telephone that operates using radio signals and therefore requires no wires. A cellular phone is part of a system composed of many low-power radio transmitters located in "cells" across a region and will receive a radio signal from whichever transmitter in the system is closest.
check in to telephone or appear in person, esp. periodically, so as to obtain information or confirm one's interest or involvement. [1/2 definitions]
climber a device with sharp spikes that attaches to the shoe or leg and is used in climbing trees or telephone poles. [1/4 definitions]
communication (pl.) means of transferring messages, such as telephone, telegraph, television, radio, and the like. [1/3 definitions]
conference call a telephone conversation or discussion in which three or more people participate at the same time.
cordless phone a telephone that consists of a battery-operated handset that communicates across short distances via radio waves to an electrically-powered unit that must be connected to a telephone line in order to function.
cross talk interference, as on a telephone, radio, or other electronic receiver, by other sound or radio signals from another channel. [1/2 definitions]
dial to select numbers or other symbols on a telephone by using a dial or pressing buttons. [2/8 definitions]
dialing code (chiefly British) the digits at the beginning of a telephone number that signify one of a country's telephone districts; area code.
dial tone the steady hum or buzzing sound in a telephone receiver indicating that the line is open and a number may be dialed.