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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On paper it sounds pretty boring, and through the phones it's not much better.’

Phrases

  • phone it in

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

      • ‘Anthony Edwards and Gary Sinise both phone it in, and Dominic West has little trouble playing the drunk.’
      • ‘Jesse Ventura is brought up, but Dave says towards the end he phoned it in.’
      • ‘So as they say in showbiz speech, he's phoning it in tonight.’
      • ‘I can question his choice of material (as I often do), but I certainly can't complain that he's phoning it in.’
      • ‘Yeah, it's August, but someone's really phoning it in at the Guardian.’
      • ‘Sure, the official first game of the season took place, but so did four preseason games and another contest where the Rangers phoned it in against their Oklahoma City affiliate.’
      • ‘Without a muse-cum-taskmaster Timbaland is tempted to phone it in, as he does on Under Construction II, a sequel not worthy of the name.’
      • ‘Renée Zellweger's mannered neuroticism is becoming increasingly annoying and Catherine Zeta-Jones phones it in.’
      • ‘The band still makes some great songs; when the group misses, it's by trying to do too much, not by phoning it in Stones-like.’
      • ‘Because Bill Barol and his beloved Blather Blog has returned after a months-long hiatus, including a few weeks there when he was obviously just sort of phoning it in, not that we don't all do that on occasion, of course.’
      • ‘On this collection Sarah Vaughan sounds like she's phoning it in - you can almost hear her yawning.’
      • ‘Dangers never succumbs to the temptation to phone it in, and he never relegates himself to simply giving in and playing generic pop music.’
      • ‘Bronson simply phones it in and collects his check, though probably having his wife Jill Ireland as co-producer was a nice inducement.’
      • ‘Comfort can easily lead to complacency, and for a band rooted in punk's Riot Grrrl movement, there's no greater sin than phoning it in.’
      • ‘In fact, I think Jumbah is totally phoning it in.’
      • ‘Other people see talent and virtuosity; I see a narcissist who's phoning it in.’
      • ‘He seems content to just phone it in, and why shouldn't he?’
      • ‘The theater district's Chimichurri Grill offers an Argentine menu that doesn't just phone it in.’
      • ‘I talked to a newsperson who said the U.S. military is just phoning it in.’
      • ‘Well, I guess I'd be phoning it in too if I knew that after my scene wrapped I could go back to partying on my yacht with my movie star friends on Lake Como.’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of telephone.

Pronunciation:

phone

/fōn/

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/