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Dial appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Laid on no dial.
  • Dial (or tap) Pup Patrol aid.
  • Tess laid a sanitary rat in as a dial’s set.
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Video footage: Fingers adjusting luxury car dial between two radio stations Dash is a Chrysler 200, 2011 December 2016
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Definition of the noun dial

What does dial mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dials

  1. the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: face = the side upon which the use of a thing depends
    • part of: horologe / timekeeper / timepiece = a measuring instrument or device for keeping time
  2. the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: control / controller = a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine
  3. the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: indicator = a device for showing the operating condition of some system
  4. a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called

Alternative definition of the noun dial


  1. A graduated, circular scale over which a needle moves to show a measurement (such as speed).
  2. A clock face.
  3. A sundial.
  4. A panel on a radio etc showing wavelengths or channels; a knob that is turned to change the wavelength etc.
  5. A disk with finger holes on a telephone; used to select the number to be called.
  6. [British] (old-fashioned) A person's face.

Definition of the verb dial

What does dial mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: dialled, dialling

  1. operate a dial to select a telephone number
    • example: You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial
    • domain: telephone / telephony
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: control / operate = handle and cause to function
  2. choose by means of a dial
    • example: dial a telephone number
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic terms: choose / pick out / select / take = pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

Alternative definition of the verb dial


  1. [transitive] To measure or indicate something with a dial.
  2. [transitive] To control or select something with a dial
  3. [transitive] To select a number, or to call someone, on a telephone.
  4. [intransitive] To use a dial or a telephone.


  1. Dial est une marque de savon américaine.
  2. Dial is a publisher, consumer company.
  3. Dial is a record label.


  1. Dial is a progressive rock band based in the Netherlands.
  2. Dial is a musical group.
    • album: "168k"
  3. DIAL is a New Zealand hardcore musical group.
    • album: "DIAL"

There are other groups with in their name, like Sun Dial, Sun-Dial, Dial Zero, Dial Prisko, Dial M for Moguai, Dial M for Murder, dial m for murder! and Dial F for Frankenstein.


Dial is a fictional character from the 1993 film Free Willy.


  1. "Dial" is a musical album of Buena fe.
    • released in
  2. "DIAL" is a musical EP of DIAL.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  3. "Dial" is a musical EP of Tobias Freund.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  4. "Dial" a.k.a. "Dial." is a composition.


Dial a.k.a. Dial, West Virginia: Dial is an unincorporated community in Kanawha County, West Virginia.


Dial: A dial is generally a flat surface, circular or rectangular, with numbers or similar markings on it, used for displaying the setting or output of a timepiece, radio, clock, watch, or measuring instrument. There are many instruments used in scientific and industrial applications that use dials with pointers as indicators of a specific physical property. Typical examples include pressure and vacuum gages, fluid-level gages, voltmeters and ammeters, thermometers and hygrometers, speedometers and tachometers, and indicators.

Phrases with Dial

Phrases starting with the word Dial:

  1. Dial In
  2. Dial-in
  3. Dial-Up
  4. Dial tone
  5. dial phone
  6. Dial indicator
  7. dial telephone

Phrases ending with the word Dial:

  1. War-Dial
  2. Butt dial
  3. Tide Dial
  4. clock dial
  5. Drunk Dial
  6. Speed dial
  7. Speed-Dial
  8. radium dial
  9. Rotary dial
  10. telephone dial
  11. Noble False Dial
  12. Exquisite False Dial
  13. Exquisite False-Dial

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dial

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Google previewThe American Painter Emma Dial: A Novel (2010)

by Samantha Peale

”—Kate Christensen Emma Dial is a virtuoso painter who executes the works of Michael Freiburg, a preeminent figure in the New York art world.

Google previewBlackBerry All-in-One For Dummies (2010)

by Dante Sarigumba, Robert Kao, William Petz, Timothy Calabro

Speed dial is a convenient feature on any phone because it lets you call a number by pressing just one key. And after you get used to having it on a phone system, it's hard not to use it on other phones, including your BlackBerry phone.

Google previewCommunications Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin Weik

Note: The term “dial” is used to designate or refer to all calling devices, such as mechanical keyboards, pushbutton keyboards, touch keyboards, and switch panels, that generate signals used for establishing connections. See also calling ...

Google previewThe Zombie Movie Encyclopedia (2000)

by Peter Dendle

Dial. “Z”. for. Zombies. (Episode, The Simpsons). Creator: Matt Groening. Story Editors: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Dan McGrath. Voices: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardly Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer.

Google previewModern Dictionary of Electronics (1999)

by Rudolf F. Graf

diagnostics — dial tone Symbol. 2'02— l Junctions. Characteristic. Disc. diagnostica— 1. Information on what tests a device failed and how they were failed, used to aid in troubleshooting. 2. An output from a tool, indicating software ...

Google previewComputer Jargon Dictionary and Thesaurus (2006)

by Eddie Martin

Data Communications; Data Parity; Data Transmission; Datacoms; Dedicated Line; Dial In; Dial Up; Digerati; Digital; Digital Subscriber Line; Direct Connection; DSL; Duplex Transmission; FDDI; Fibre Distributed Data Interface; Fibre Optics; ...

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Quotes about Dial

Everyone gets their rough day. No one gets a free ride. Today so far, I had a good day. I got a dial tone. (Rodney Dangerfield)
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Scrabble value of D2I1A1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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