1. [ verb ] operate a dial to select a telephone number

"You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial"

Related terms: operate telephone
2. [ noun ] the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
Related terms: face timepiece
3. [ noun ] the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning
Related terms: control
4. [ verb ] choose by means of a dial

"dial a telephone number"

Related terms: choose
5. [ noun ] the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments
Related terms: indicator
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 3088
7. [ noun ] (electricity) a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called
Synonyms: telephone_dial
Related terms: selector dial_telephone finger_hole
Similar spelling:   diol