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English noun: phone

1. phone (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.

Synonymstelephone, 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. phone (communication) (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language

Synonymssound, speech sound

Broader (hypernym)language unit, linguistic unit

Narrower (hyponym)consonant, glide, orinasal, orinasal phone, phoneme, semivowel, sonant, voiced sound, vowel, vowel sound

Part meronymutterance, vocalization

Domain categoryphonetics

3. phone (artifact) electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear

SamplesIt was not the typing but the earphones that she disliked.

Synonymsearphone, earpiece, headphone

Broader (hypernym)electro-acoustic transducer

Narrower (hyponym)earplug, receiver, telephone receiver

English verb: phone

1. phone (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 phone Sue , They phone

Synonymscall, call up, ring, telephone

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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