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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


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


Verb groupcall

Domain categorytelephone, telephony

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