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Phone

Phone appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Mr Knott and Mr Watt on the Phone
  • Four furious friends fought for the phone.

Usage statistics for the noun phone:

conversational speech60.51%task-oriented speech39.49%

Usage statistics for the verb phone:

conversational speech78.16%task-oriented speech21.84%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun phone:

earphoneearpieceheadphonephonetelephonesound
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Phone is sometimes a misspelling of phoned.

The word phone is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun phone

What does phone mean as a name of something?

Phone is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: phones

  1. electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
  2. (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
  3. electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear

Alternative definition of the noun phone

noun

  1. A device for transmitting sound in real time across distances.
  2. [linguistics] A speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties, considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language.

Definition of the verb phone

What does phone mean as a doing word?

Phone is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: phoned | phoning | phones

  1. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
    • examples: Sam cannot phone Sue | They phone
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dressVerbs of Change of Possession: attain, book, buy, call, catch, charter, choose, conserve, find, gather, hire, lease, order, pick, pluck, procure, pull, reach, rent, reserve, shoot, slaughter, vote, win
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Heather cabled SaraVerbs of Communication: broadcast, cable, e-mail, fax, modem, netmail, radio, relay, satellite, semaphore, sign, signal, telecast, telegraph, telephone, telex, wire, wireless
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic]Ellen told Helen a story | Ellen told me, 'Leave the room.' | Heather cabled Sara the news
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned Helen that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled Sara that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled Sara when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic]Ellen told Helen about the situation | Heather cabled Sara about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen told a story to Helen | Heather cabled the news to Sara
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, for-complement clause]Heather cabled for Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic]Heather cabled to Sara, 'Come immediately.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled to Sara when to send the package
    • domain: telephone / telephony
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of phone: call / call up / ring / telephone
    • more generic word: telecommunicate = communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
    • more specific terms:
    • entailment: dial = operate a dial to select a telephone number

Film

"Phone" is a 2002 South Korean horror film written and directed by Ahn Byeong-ki and starring Ha Ji-won and Kim Yoo-mi. The film is a complex and disturbing love story that involves possession and ghosts.

Miscellanea

  1. Phone a.k.a. Telephone: A telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are not in the same vicinity of each other to be heard directly. A telephone converts sound, typically and most efficiently the human voice, into electronic signals suitable for transmission via cables or other transmission media over long distances, and replays such signals simultaneously in audible form to its user. The word telephone has been adapted into the vocabulary of many languages. It is derived from the Greek: τῆλε, tēle, "far" and φωνή, phōnē, "voice", together meaning "distant voice".
  2. Phone: Within phonetics, a phone is: a speech sound or gesture considered a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language a speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties the basic unit revealed via phonetic speech analysis A phonetic transcription is enclosed within square brackets, rather than the slashes of a phonemic transcription.
    • also known as 語音

Phrases with Phone

Phrases starting with the word Phone:

  1. Phone Up
  2. phone-in
  3. Phone Box
  4. Phone sex
  5. Phone tag
  6. Phone-Sex
  7. phone bill
  8. phone book
  9. phone call
  10. phone card
  11. phone cord
  12. Phone Home
  13. phone jack
  14. phone line

Phrases ending with the word Phone:

  1. -Phone
  2. Bat phone
  3. pay-phone
  4. cell phone
  5. desk phone
  6. dial phone

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Phone

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Google previewAndroid Tips and Tricks (2014)

by Guy Hart-Davis

BLOCKING AND SCREENING CALLS The great thing about having an Android phone is that anyone can call you at any time. The bad thing about having an Android phone is that anyone can call you at any time. To keep peace of mind and ...

Google previewAmazon Fire Phone For Dummies (2014)

by Dan Gookin

A cell phone is the size of a bug. The manufacturers put that technology...

Google previewMobility and Locative Media (2014)

Mobile Communication in Hybrid Spaces by Adriana de Souza e Silva, Mimi Sheller

The landline phone was also used for this purpose, but the great advantage of the mobile phone is that it makes each of us individually available and thus affords much better person-to-person contact. The mobile phone and other forms of ...

Google previewMobile Internet For Dummies (2008)

by Michael J. O'Farrell, John R. Levine, Jostein Algroy, James Pearce, Daniel Appelquist

A mobile phone is the first truly personal communications product ever created. You may have thought that the computer was personal because its name is “ personal” computer, but a mobile phone becomes a basic personal possession, like a ...

Google previewMobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (2008)

Gender and The Art of Being Mobile by Larissa Hjorth

Synonymous with global modernity, the mobile phone has become an integral part of contemporary everyday life. As a global medium, the mobile phone is a compelling phenomenon, a testament to the significance of ...

Google previewThe Handbook of the Psychology of Communication Technology (2015)

by S. Shyam Sundar

The more fine-grained access provided by the mobile phone means that the device potentially gives us a sense of control over our structured social reality. However, when we are without it because we have forgotten it or because the battery is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (2015)

by Yan, Zheng

The mobile phone has altered the way people live, communicate, interact, and connect with others. It is also transforming how people access and use information and media. Mobile phones have become the most rapidly adopted technology ...

Google previewIllustrated Engineering Dictionary (1999)

Bildwörterbuch Maschinenbau und Elektrotechnik by Heinz K. Flack, Georg Möllerke

phasing phasing Phaseneinstellung phenomenon Phiinomen, Effekt, Erscheinung phial Phiole, Flakon, glasernes Flaschchen phone, lo telefonieren phone Telefon phone Horer, Kopfhorer phonic phonisch phonogram Tonaufzeichnung, ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

English words and American equivalents pavement sidewalk pedestrian crossing crosswalk pelmet valance period pains cramps petrol gasoline petrol station gas station pharmacy drugstore phone box phone booth piebald pinto pigsty ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Real Estate Forms & Agreements (2009)

A Complete Kit of Ready-to-use Checklists, Worksheets, Forms, and Contracts with Companion CD-ROM. by Atlantic Publishing Co

Contact Name Contact Phone Contact E-mail Product Lines Minimum Order Payment Terms Warranties Return Policy Notes Company Name Supplier Name Reference Name Reference Phone number Reference Fax Reference E-mail ...

Google previewFocal Illustrated Dictionary of Telecommunications (2013)

by Xerxes Mazda, Fraidoon Mazda

NAMPS: Narrowband Advanced Mobile Phone System. nanometre: One billionth of a metre. nanosecond: One billionth of a second. NANP: North American Numbering Plan. narrowband: A loose term, usually used to mean 'not broadband'.

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Usage statistics about phone

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun phone:

conversational speech60.51%task-oriented speech39.49%

Usage statistics for the verb phone:

conversational speech78.16%task-oriented speech21.84%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun phone:

earphoneearpieceheadphonephonetelephonesound

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb phone:

telephonephoneringcall

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Quotes about Phone

So I just got on the phone and the engineer just patched me in and I did reports. I'd get a community leader and bring him to the phone, call up the station and do an interview over the phone with the guy. (Ed Bradley)
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Scrabble value of P3H4O1N1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of PHONE

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