Main definitions of phone in English

: phone1phone2

phone1

noun

  • 1A telephone.

    ‘a few seconds later the phone rang’
    ‘a receptionist answered the phone’
    as modifier ‘a phone number’
    • ‘She hung up and I stared at my phone blankly for a second before dropping it on my bed.’
    • ‘Mr Lambert was sitting on the step outside and she gave him the phone to continue with the call.’
    • ‘A telling example: there are more cell phones than land-line phones in Mumbai today.’
    • ‘Radio and satellite phones allow easy communication with the outside world.’
    • ‘Do mobile phones use the same frequency and radiation as cordless phones?’
    • ‘He jokes with him on the phone, finishes the call and continues at the point that he left off.’
    • ‘The ring-tones of European phones don't sound the same as American ones.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, officers at some stations found they could not get an outside line from landline phones.’
    • ‘The bandits also stole three cellular phones and two cordless phones, before escaping in a waiting vehicle.’
    • ‘He held the phone to his ear for a few seconds after she hung up, in a sudden shock.’
    • ‘It took a century to transform from Alexander Bell's basic invention to wireless phones.’
    • ‘I chat to one guy on the phone whose voice is so husky and his chest sounds wheezy if he talks for long.’
    • ‘When people bought their second and third phones, they'd worry more about price.’
    • ‘After only a few seconds she put the phone down and looked back up at the two teens.’
    • ‘It turns out that people who don't have mobiles or fixed landline phones use payphones more than any other group.’
    • ‘Within seconds, the various camps hit the phones to decide on tactics.’
    • ‘Most of the time I just answer the phones and file papers and run small errands.’
    • ‘The work he had to do at home was done in ten seconds flat after hanging up the phone.’
    • ‘The offices and users may have moved, but the phones were left in place and the rent continued to be paid out on them.’
    • ‘MobiTV ads also would be able to leverage the interactive nature of wireless phones.’
    telephone, mobile phone, mobile, cell phone, car phone, radio-telephone, cordless phone, videophone, extension
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  • 2phonesinformal Headphones or earphones.

    • ‘On paper it sounds pretty boring, and through the phones it's not much better.’
    • ‘If you've got your eye on a nice pair of phones but their cord is too short for your listening setup, an extension cord designed for headphones can bridge the gap.’
    • ‘I had a pair of SR-325i and must admit they were the most uncomfortable phones I have ever placed on my head.’

Phrases

  • phone it in

    • informal Work or perform in a perfunctory or unenthusiastic manner.

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of telephone.

Pronunciation

phone

/fōn//foʊn/

Main definitions of phone in English

: phone1phone2

phone2

noun

Phonetics
  • A speech sound; the smallest discrete segment of sound in a stream of speech.

    • ‘The justification was that phone boundaries are much more dynamic than stable, interior parts of phones.’
    • ‘It has been shown that enlarging the phone set and using more alternative symbols to represent partial variations and attempting to use more refined acoustic models trained from accurate surface form transcriptions are of little benefit.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek phōnē ‘sound, voice’.

Pronunciation

phone

/fōn//foʊn/