dial

di•al
[[t]ˈdaɪ əl, daɪl[/t]] n. v. di•aled, di•al•ing (esp. brit.)di•alled, di•al•ling.
1) hor a plate or disk on a clock, watch, or sundial, containing graduated markings or figures, upon which the time of day is indicated by hands, pointers, or shadows
2) wam a plate or disk with markings or figures for indicating or registering some measurement or number, usu. by means of a pointer
3) tgp a rotatable plate, disk, or knob used for regulating a mechanism, making and breaking electrical connections, or the like, esp. one that tunes a radio or television
4) rtv
b) a set of numbered and lettered push buttons on a telephone that perform the function of a rotary dial
5) sbz radio or television broadcasting:
a new personality on the morning dial[/ex]
6) to indicate or register on or as if on a dial
7) to measure with or as if with a dial
8) to regulate or select by means of a dial
9) tgp to make a telephone call to
10) tgp to dial a telephone
11) to tune in or regulate by means of a dial
Etymology: 1400–50; late ME: sundial, presumably < ML diālis daily (L di(ēs) day +-ālis -al I)

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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