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English noun: telephone

1. telephone (artifact) electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds


SamplesI talked to him on the telephone.


Synonymsphone, telephone set


Broader (hypernym)electronic equipment


Narrower (hyponym)desk phone, dial phone, dial telephone, extension, extension phone, French telephone, handset, pay-phone, pay-station, radiophone, radiotelephone, speakerphone, telephone extension, wireless telephone


Part holonymmouthpiece, receiver, telephone receiver


Part meronymphone system, telephone system

2. telephone (communication) transmitting speech at a distance


Synonymstelephony


Broader (hypernym)telecom, telecommunication


Narrower (hyponym)call, call forwarding, call waiting, phone call, telephone call, voice mail, voicemail


Domain category memberscall, call in, call up, cell phone, dial, hang on, hold on, hold the line, phone, ring, telephone


English verb: telephone

1. telephone (communication) get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone


SamplesI tried to call you all night.
Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.


ExamplesSam cannot telephone Sue , They telephone


Synonymscall, call up, phone, ring


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)telecommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)call in, cell phone


Entaildial


Verb groupcall


Domain categorytelephone, telephony









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