Definition of dial noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdaɪəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaɪəl//
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  1. 1the face of a clock or watch, or a similar control on a machine, piece of equipment or vehicle that shows a measurement of time, amount, speed, temperature, etc. an alarm clock with a luminous dial Check the tyre pressure on the dial. Set the dial for the number of copies required. You can tune into our station at 1460 on the radio dial. see also sundial See related entries: Parts of a car, How machines work
  2. 2the round control on a radio, cooker/stove, etc. that you turn in order to adjust something, for example to choose a particular station or to choose a particular temperature See related entries: Radio technology
  3. 3the round part on some older telephones, with holes for the fingers, that you move around to call a particular number
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a mariner's compass): from medieval Latin diale ‘clock dial’, based on Latin dies ‘day’.
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