• Reis's telephone
    Reis's telephone
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n telephoner the person initiating a telephone call "there were so many callers that he finally disconnected the telephone"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bell's telephone Bell's telephone
Bell's later telephone Bell's later telephone
Bell telephone in section Bell telephone in section
Telephone exchange Telephone exchange
Professor Bell Sending the First Message, by Long-distance Telephone, from New York to Chicago Professor Bell Sending the First Message, by Long-distance Telephone, from New York to Chicago
talking on soup can telephones talking on soup can telephones

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are over 200 parts in a typical telephone
    • n telephoner One who uses a telephone for communicating with another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones - Bhutan
    • n Telephoner one who uses a telephone
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  • Donald Sinden
    Donald Sinden
    “An actor who knows his business ought to be able to make the London telephone directory sound enthralling.”
  • Ilka Chase
    Ilka Chase
    “America's best buy is a telephone call to the right man.”
  • Edwin Way Teale
    Edwin Way Teale
    “The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.”
  • Bjarne Stronstrup
    Bjarne Stronstrup
    “I have always wished for a computer that would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish came true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.”
  • Sholom Aleichem
    Sholom Aleichem
    “Gossip is nature's telephone.”
  • Cole Porter
    Cole Porter
    “My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. tēle, far, phōnē, a sound.


In literature:

In a second my telephone with Whitney's office was in the middle of a spasm.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
At least that is the message telephoned by his son.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
He would have telephoned Platt, but the engineer had no telephone.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
His most active occupation outside the office was feeling guilty over not telephoning to Gertie.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
At twelve he had made a telephone that worked.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The telephone is there, on the writing-table.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
My mother has just telephoned to say that she could not come before.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
He just telephoned a message.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
He telephoned me first!
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
One of her men has disappointed her and she's just telephoned to give me the commission to fill his place.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin

In poetry:

I didn't ask him
To telephone me.
Roscoe knows darn well
Ain't free.
"Madam And The Phone Bill" by Langston Hughes
A serious moment for the
telephone is when it rings.
And a person answers, it is
Angelica, or is it you.
"The Boiling Water" by Kenneth Koch
The business of the States is done
Ex-clu-sive-ly by telephone;
And that is why the people say,
"I guess we're 'cute in U. S. A."
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
A Microbe lingers in a Kiss, you say?
Yes, but he nibbles in a pleasant Way.
Rather than in the Cup and Telephone
Better to catch him Kissing and be gay.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Regarding telephones:
The Labor Party (Groans)
Seems to think it can oppress us with impunity.
But I hold, sir, it is plain
That the benefits we gain
Should be paid for by - that is - the whole community!
"The Logic Of Anti-Sosh" by C J Dennis
I hear the summer storm outblown — the drip of the grateful wheat.
I hear the hard trail telephone a far-off horse's feet.
I hear the horns of Autumn blow to the wild-fowl overhead;
And I hear the hush before the snow. And what is that to dread?"
"The Prairie" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Los Altos senior calls con man 's bluff Scammer on telephone claimed he was from the Social Security Administration.
The telephone rang at 6 am Monday.
Letter to the Telephone Company (Paul Giamatti).
Records of a predawn telephone call that the authorities say link one man charged with attacking two Mexican day laborers last fall to another suspect were introduced into evidence today in the trial of one defendant.
Tom Young, general manager, Kingdom Telephone Company, Auxvasse.
The breakup of AT&T (American Telephone & Telegraph Corporation), the largest company in the US prior to 1984.
What it didn't have was a bedside, guestroom telephone.
They have no television, telephones or electricity.
Soderbergh's lawyer declined to comment Thursday on the lawsuit, and his manager didn't immediately return a telephone call.
3415 University Ave. No Telephone Calls Please.
In a telephone interview from the Federal prison in Oxford, Wis.
Mr Dustin Pitsch, telephone 703-602-0289.
Gen Wissam al-Hassan told me in a telephone interview from.
The legislation creates the term ""delivery sale,"" which describes a transaction for the purchase of wine which originates online or via mail or telephone.
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In science:

Kak, A new method for coin flipping by telephone.
Two Dimensional Random Patterns
Each FD is an atomic decision about telephone equipment installation chosen by a planning engineer.
Conciseness through Aggregation in Text Generation
The work was mostly carried out by email and telephone.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
Kak, A new method for coin flipping by telephone.
Testing Kak's Conjecture on Binary Reciprocal of Primes and Cryptographic Applications
Second, they present results from a replication of the telephone GOTV experiment on a much larger scale, now randomizing individuals rather than households.
Covariate Balance in Simple, Stratified and Clustered Comparative Studies