English version

dial in Telephone, telegraph topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdialdial1 /daɪəl/ ●●○ noun [countable]  1 TDthe round part of a clock, watch, machine etc that has numbers that show you the time or a measurement The lighted dial of her watch said 1.20. She looked at the dial to check her speed.2 TCBDthe part of a piece of equipment such as a radio or thermostat that you turn around to do something, such as find a different station or change the temperature The dial on the heater was set to ‘HOT’.3 TCTthe wheel on an older telephone with numbered holes for your fingers that you move around in order to make a call
Examples from the Corpus
dialWhen he tried to call again, he could no longer get a dial tone.Previous years were ok once you got the sought after dial tone.We got an error message, indicating there was no dial tone.Telephones used to have slower rotary dials.Don't touch that dial. Stay tuned to WXRB.