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dial

1. the circular graduated disc of various measuring instruments
2. 
a. the control on a radio or television set used to change the station or channel
b. the panel on a radio on which the frequency, wavelength, or station is indicated by means of a pointer

Dial

 

a subassembly of a telephone that is used to control the operation of the apparatus in an automatic telephone exchange in order to establish a connection to the subscriber being called. Dials may be of the disk or push-button types, depending on the method of selecting the desired number.

dial

[dīl]
(communications)
In automatic telephone switching, a type of calling device which, when wound up and released, generates pulses required for establishing connections.
(design engineering)
A separate scale or other device for indicating the value to which a control is set.

DIAL

[′dī‚al]

dial

(1) See rotary dial.

(2) A Microsoft input device for its Surface Studio PC. See Surface Studio.
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In the first case (Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey), the following numbers must be dialed from the United States:
The PUC order will allow consumers to place local calls by dialing only seven-digits despite an August 8, 1996 order from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which requires that all local calls be dialed with ten-digits if an area code overlay is implemented.
Telecommunication Systems Division (TAIS TSD) on Friday introduced the Strata DK16e, the first small digital business telephone system to offer Multiple Directory Numbers (MDNs), Direct Inward Dial (DID), Tile Lines, Caller ID, Automatic Number Identification (ANI) and Dialed Number Identification Service (DNIS).