telephone ( telephones plural & 3rd person present) ( telephoning present participle) ( telephoned past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount The telephone is the electrical system of communication that you use to talk directly to someone else in a different place. You use the telephone by dialling a number on a piece of equipment and speaking into it.
They usually exchanged messages by telephone..., I dread to think what our telephone bill is going to be..., She was wanted on the telephone.
2 n-count A telephone is the piece of equipment that you use when you talk to someone by telephone.
He got up and answered the telephone...
3 verb If you telephone someone, you dial their telephone number and speak to them by telephone.
(=call, ring, phone)
I felt so badly I had to telephone Owen to say I was sorry... V n
They usually telephone first to see if she is at home. V
4 If you are on the telephone, you are speaking to someone by telephone.
on the telephone phrase v-link PHR, PHR after v Linda remained on the telephone to the police for three hours...
radio telephone ( radio telephones plural ) A radio telephone is a telephone which carries sound by sending radio signals rather than by using wires. Radio telephones are often used in cars. n-count
telephone book ( telephone books plural ) The telephone book is a book that contains an alphabetical list of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the people in a particular area. n-count
(=telephone directory, phone book)
telephone booth ( telephone booths plural ) A telephone booth is a place in a public building or in the street where there is a telephone that can be used by the public.
telephone box ( telephone boxes plural ) A telephone box is a small shelter in the street in which there is a public telephone.
(=phone box, call box)
in AM, use phone booth
telephone directory ( telephone directories plural ) A telephone directory is the same as a telephone book. n-count
telephone exchange ( telephone exchanges plural ) A telephone exchange is a building where connections are made between telephone lines.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
telephone number ( telephone numbers plural ) Your telephone number is the number that other people dial when they want to talk to you on the telephone. n-count
telephone pole ( telephone poles plural ) A telephone pole is a tall wooden pole with telephone wires attached to it, connecting several different buildings to the telephone system.
in BRIT, use telegraph pole