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Noun: phone  fown
  1. Electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
    "I talked to him on the phone";
    - telephone, telephone set
  2. (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
    - speech sound, sound
  3. Electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear
    "it was not the typing but the phones that she disliked";
    - earphone, earpiece, headphone
Verb: phone  fown
  1. Get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
    "I tried to phone you all night";
    - call, telephone, call up, ring

Derived forms: phoned, phones, phoning

Type of: electro-acoustic transducer, electronic equipment, language unit, linguistic unit, telecommunicate

Part of: phone system, telephone system, utterance, vocalization

Encyclopedia: Phone