How Do You Spell DIAL?

Pronunciation: [dˈa͡ɪ͡əl] (IPA)

The word "dial" is spelled using the letters d, i, a, and l. Its IPA phonetic transcription is /daɪəl/ which breaks down into two syllables: "die" and "uhl". The "d" at the beginning makes a "duh" sound, followed by a long "ai" sound created by the letters "i" and "a" together. The second syllable "uhl" has a short "u" sound followed by the sound "uhl" created by the letter "l". The word "dial" refers to a circular plate or clock face with numbered markings used to indicate different positions or functions.

DIAL Meaning and Definition

  1. Dial is a noun that refers to a plate or disc with numbered markings or pointers used as a gauge or indicator of a device's settings, such as a control panel or instrument panel. Typically round in shape, a dial is designed to rotate to different positions to accurately display or select specific measurements or options. Dial is commonly found in devices like clocks, radios, telephones, and measuring instruments.

    As a verb, dial means to manipulate or adjust a dial to set a particular value, measurement, or function on a device. For example, you can dial a clock to set the desired time or dial a radio to select a specific radio station. It involves turning the dial in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion until the desired setting or measurement is achieved.

    Dial can also refer to the act of making a telephone call by turning the numbered disc or pushing buttons on a telephone dial pad. The term "dialing" is used to describe the process of entering a phone number and initiating a call using a telephone dial.

    Overall, "dial" encompasses both the physical object used for gauging or selecting options and the action of adjusting or setting values on a device, as well as the act of making a telephone call.

  2. A clock-face.

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  3. An instr. for measuring time by the sun's shadow.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of DIAL

The word "dial" originated from the Latin word "dialis", which means "daily". The Latin word was derived from "dies", meaning "day". Initially, "dial" referred to the face of a sundial, a device used to measure time by the position of the sun's shadow. Over time, the meaning expanded to include various circular devices with graduated scales used for measurement or control, such as the dials on clocks or instruments.

Idioms with the word DIAL

  • dial down The idiom "dial down" means to reduce or lessen the intensity, level, or magnitude of something, such as emotions, volume, or intensity of a situation. It is often used to describe the act of decreasing or moderating a particular aspect.
  • pocket dial The idiom "pocket dial" refers to the accidental act of making a phone call, typically from a mobile device, by unintentionally pressing buttons or touching the screen while the device is in one's pocket or bag.
  • dial up The idiom "dial up" refers to a method of connecting to the internet or a computer network using a modem and a telephone line. It can also be used metaphorically to describe a slow or outdated process or technology.
  • dial back To "dial back" means to reduce or decrease something, typically in terms of intensity, level, or aggressiveness. It can refer to scaling back behavior, actions, or opinions, or to soothing a situation or gradually diminishing an element. The expression is derived from the process of decreasing the volume or intensity of a dial, like on a radio or phone, by turning it backward.
  • rotary dial The idiom "rotary dial" refers to a dial mechanism used on old-fashioned telephones to input numbers before the invention of touch-tone keypads. It typically consists of a circular plate with numbered holes and a rotating finger dial that is manually turned to select and input numbers for making phone calls.

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Plural form of DIAL is DIALS

Conjugate verb Dial


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