Definition of pulse dialing in US English:

pulse dialing


  • Method of telephone dialing in which each digit is transmitted as a corresponding number of electronic pulses.

    Compare with tone dialing
    • ‘The rotary dial is a device mounted on or in a telephone or switchboard that is designed to send interrupted electrical pulses, known as pulse dialling, corresponding to the number dialed.’
    • ‘In pulse dialling you can hear multiple ‘clicks’ in the earpiece when buttons are pressed on your telephone keypad.’