Dial Di"al, n. [LL. dialis daily, fr. L. dies day. See {Deity}.] 1. An instrument, formerly much used for showing the time of day from the shadow of a style or gnomon on a graduated arc or surface; esp., a sundial; but there are lunar and astral dials. The style or gnomon is usually parallel to the earth's axis, but the dial plate may be either horizontal or vertical. [1913 Webster]

2. The graduated face of a timepiece, on which the time of day is shown by pointers or hands. [1913 Webster]

3. A miner's compass. [1913 Webster]

{Dial bird} (Zo["o]l.), an Indian bird ({Copsychus saularius}), allied to the European robin. The name is also given to other related species.

{Dial lock}, a lock provided with one or more plates having numbers or letters upon them. These plates must be adjusted in a certain determined way before the lock can be operated.

{Dial plate}, the plane or disk of a dial or timepiece on which lines and figures for indicating the time are placed. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Dial — ist der Name des zweiten deutschen Satelliten. Dial steht für Diamant Allemagne. Dial resultierte aus einer Kooperation von CNES und DFVLR. Ziel war die Bereitstellung einer Nutzlast für den Erststart der Diamant B Rakete. Dial durfte maximal… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • dial — early 15c., sundial, earlier dial of a compass (mid 14c.), apparently from M.L. dialis daily, from L. dies day (see DIURNAL (Cf. diurnal)). The word perhaps was abstracted from a phrase such as M.L. rota dialis daily wheel, and evolved to mean… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dial — Di al, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dialed}or {Dialled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dialing} or {Dialling}.] 1. To measure with a dial. [1913 Webster] Hours of that true time which is dialed in heaven. Talfourd. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mining) To survey with a dial.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dial — UK US /daɪəl/ verb [I or T] (UK ll , US l ) ► COMMUNICATIONS to make a phone call by pressing a series of buttons with numbers, or moving a disc with numbers, on the phone: »If you have the extension number you can dial any member of staff direct …   Financial and business terms

  • dial — ► NOUN 1) a disc marked to show the time on a clock or to indicate a reading or measurement by means of a pointer. 2) a disc with numbered holes on a telephone, turned to make a call. 3) a disc turned to select a setting on a radio, cooker, etc.… …   English terms dictionary

  • dial — dial1 [dī′əl] n. [ME < ML dialis, daily < L dies, day: see DEITY] 1. a sundial 2. the face of a watch or clock 3. a) the face of a meter, gauge, compass, etc. on which a pointer or the like indicates an amount, degree, direction, etc. b) …   English World dictionary

  • dial — DIÁL, Ă adj. (Mit.) Care era consacrat lui Iupiter sau cultului său. [pron. di al. / < lat. dialis]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 19.02.2005. Sursa: DN  DIÁL, Ă adj. (mit.) care era consacrat lui Iupiter sau cultului său. (< lat. dialis) Trimis …   Dicționar Român

  • Dial — (engl., spr. Deiel), Sonnenuhr; daher Art of dialing die Gnomonik …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • dial — adj. 2 g. Cotidiano …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • dial — verb has inflected forms dialled, dialling in BrE and dialed, dialing in AmE …   Modern English usage

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