• Sun-dial
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dialing A method of surveying, especially in mines, in which the bearings of the courses, or the angles which they make with each other, are determined by means of the circumferentor.
    • Dialing The art of constructing dials; the science which treats of measuring time by dials.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Billings, Montana it is illegal for employees of the city's communications center to program their phones with speed dial.
    • n dialing The art of constructing dials; the science which explains the principles of measuring time by the sun-dial; gnomonics.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “And I did laugh sans intermission an hour by his dial. O noble fool, a worthy fool -- motley's the only wear.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon.”


In literature:

The only time-measurer mentioned in the Bible is the dial of Ahaz, which will form the subject of a later chapter.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder
Our young friends would, we doubt not, like to know how to make a sun-dial that will give the time very accurately.
"Harper's Young People, April 6, 1880" by Various
The dial must stand as he had left it.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
Dials to mark our distance and our size.
"The World Beyond" by Raymond King Cummings
Our General Communication dial has caught her talk and begins to eavesdrop.
"With The Night Mail" by Rudyard Kipling
Mechanically, I studied the various dials about the room.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
A glance at the dials told him there was full air pressure within it.
"Salvage in Space" by John Stewart Williamson
Many dials and meters, strange to her, confronted the little woman.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Upon it, there is what I thought at first was a sun-dial, and I wondered what it was doing there.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
Snap sprang to the dials.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various

In poetry:

No sense is here of loss or lack;
Before his sweetness and his light
The dial holds its shadow back,
The charmed hours delay their flight.
"Our Autocrat" by John Greenleaf Whittier
To homely joys and loves and friendships
Thy genial nature fondly clung;
And so the shadow on the dial
Ran back and left thee always young.
"A Memorial" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Hushed with broad sunlight lies the hill,
And, minuting the long day's loss,
The cedar's shadow, slow and still,
Creeps o'er its dial of gray moss.
"Beaver Brook" by James Russell Lowell
Order, the law of Heaven, was throned supreme
O'er action, instinct, impulse, feeling, thought;
True as the dial's shadow to the beam,
Each hour was equal to the charge it brought.
"Edward Everett" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Around this sun-dial daughter May
Sometimes holds a holiday;
She is the matron, makes the tea;
The kettle by the gnomon stands:
We think the scene right fair to see,
As all scenes are when love commands.
"The Sun-Dial" by William Bell Scott
The casements with their eyes.
The dial-faces of the towers that rise
Upon the shore,
Watched, as he strove and laboured more and more.
With frantic bending of the back in two,
And start of savage muscles strained anew.
"The Ferryman" by Emile Verhaeren

In news:

Electronic variable speed control dial.
20 AM on December 6, 2011 by The Current (4 Comments) Filed under: Theft of the Dial.
Catarina Rocha's philosophy about her craft just may come as somewhat of a shock to the people dialed into the Massachusetts high school running community.
A 47-year-old drunken man driving a suspected stolen car unknowingly dialed 911 late Tuesday while his cell phone was in his pocket, prompting a brief pursuit in Tacoma.
Antigovernment protesters in Syria have a hard time reaching the outside world, since the government selectively blocks cell-phone coverage in protest areas, and most use a slow dial-up Internet connection.
Compact size saves space with dial diameter of 7/8 in.
With the new ventilators , there is just a dial and you can put it very easily on 100 perc...
This nutty nightingale was tooling down the road the other day in his fabulous Thunderbird, scanning the FM dial, when the knob alighted on KJZZ 91.5-FM — you know, the NPR station.
Hemisphere instant prescription eyewear allows dispensers to 'dial, set and seal' the wearer 's prescription by adjusting fluid-filled lenses in each eye.
Today's phones will connect you directly to the Internet, at speeds faster than a regular dial-up computer.
White Pages May Go Way of Rotary-Dialed Phone.
Simply tuning across the FM dial on any given morning in Memphis tells the story: There's a LOT of talk and not enough ROCK.
Phoenix Theatre's current production, Dial M for Murder, pits a killer against a mystery writer/police inspector team, but the plot is no puzzler.
Dial N Deal returns November 30th.

In science:

M1 ← S ⊗ Sym(V ) ← S ∗ ⊗ Sym(V ) ← 0 Suppose sα is a basis S and sα dial basis of S ∗ .
Deformation of maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory in dimensions 10. An algebraic approach
Next we wish give the quarks nonzero masses and ask what happens to the deconfinement and chiral phase transitions as we dial the mass.
Chiral Transition of N=4 Super Yang-Mills with Flavor on a 3-Sphere
Dialing quark masses is not possible in nature but is possible on the lattice, hence we turn to lattice results although we will only present them schematically.
Chiral Transition of N=4 Super Yang-Mills with Flavor on a 3-Sphere
In this case, we choose a boundary condition θ(z = 1) = β for some angle 0 ≤ β ≤ π/2. β = 0 is the massless case and dialing β will interpolate smoothly to a D7 ending precisely at the center.
Chiral Transition of N=4 Super Yang-Mills with Flavor on a 3-Sphere
We can then go to the next value of z0 or β , which amounts to dialing the mass.
Chiral Transition of N=4 Super Yang-Mills with Flavor on a 3-Sphere