Dial - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdaɪəl|  American pronunciation of the word dial
Brit.  |ˈdaɪəl|  British pronunciation of the word dial


- the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
- the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning
- the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments
- a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called


- operate a dial to select a telephone number
- choose by means of a dial


the dial of a pressure gauge

I had to keep adjusting the radio dial to make the station come in clearly.

I'm sorry. I must have dialed the wrong number.

...dialed 911 and asked for the police...

The major hesitated, and then a grin lamped up his dial.

Very clumsily, slowly, she dialled a number.

The lighted dial of her watch said 1.20.

She looked at the dial to check her speed.

The dial on the heater was set to 'HOT'.

I think I dialed the wrong number.

You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial

a watch with a luminous dial

Just twiddle the dial on the radio a bit for better reception.

The luminous dial on the clock showed five minutes to seven.

Who's been fooling with the radio dial?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dial
he/she/it: dials
present participle: dialling
past tense: dialled
past participle: dialled
singular: dial
plural: dials
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