The original meaning was 'sundial' and/or 'clock dial'; from Middle English diall, from Middle French dyal, from Latin diālis (“daily, concerning the day”), because of its use in telling the time of day, from Latin diēs (“day”). Compare Spanish dial and día (“day”).
dial (plural dials)
- A graduated, circular scale over which a needle moves to show a measurement (such as speed).
- A clock face.
- A sundial.
- A panel on a radio etc showing wavelengths or channels; a knob that is turned to change the wavelength etc.
- A disk with finger holes on a telephone; used to select the number to be called.
- (Britain, dated) A person's face.
- A miner's compass.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- (transitive) To measure or indicate something with a dial.
- (transitive) To control or select something with a dial, or (figuratively) as if with a dial.
- President Trump has recently dialled down the rhetoric.
- (transitive) To select a number, or to call someone, on a telephone.
- In an emergency dial 999.
- (intransitive) To use a dial or a telephone.
- Dialing and dialed are more common in the US. Dialling and dialled are more common in the UK.
dial m (plural diales)
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possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
- “dial”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, 2014