|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|
"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|
|Related terms:||telecommunication call call_forwarding call_waiting call dial call_in hang_on cell_phone call|