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English noun: dial

1. dial (artifact) the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours

Broader (hypernym)face

Part meronymhorologe, timekeeper, timepiece

2. dial (artifact) the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning

Broader (hypernym)control, controller

3. dial (artifact) the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments

Broader (hypernym)indicator

4. dial (artifact) a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called

Synonymstelephone dial

Broader (hypernym)selector, selector switch

Part holonymfinger hole

Part meronymdial phone, dial telephone

English verb: dial

1. dial (communication) operate a dial to select a telephone number

SamplesYou must take the receiver off the hook before you dial.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)control, operate

Domain categorytelephone, telephony

2. dial (cognition) choose by means of a dial

SamplesDial a telephone number.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take

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