I. noun Etymology: Middle English dyal, from Medieval Latin dialis clock wheel revolving daily, from Latin dies day — more at deity Date: 15th century 1. the face of a sundial 2. obsolete timepiece 3. the graduated face of a timepiece 4. a. a face upon which some measurement is registered usually by means of graduations and a pointer <
the thermometer dial reads 70°F
b. a device that may be operated to make electrical connections or to regulate the operation of a machine <
a radio dial
a telephone dial
II. verb (dialed or dialled; dialing or dialling) Date: 1653 transitive verb 1. to measure with a dial 2. a. to manipulate a device (as a dial) so as to operate, regulate, or select <
dial your favorite program
dialed the wrong number
b. call 1m(1) <
dialed the office
intransitive verb 1. to manipulate a dial 2. to make a telephone call or connection • dialer noun III. abbreviation 1. dialect 2. dialectical

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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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 — 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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