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dial tone

[′dīl ‚tōn]
(communications)
A tone employed in a dial telephone system to indicate that the equipment is ready for dialing operation.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Level 1: Basic Dial Tone. Users can make and receive calls.
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Dial tone. The sound of emptiness, like the single-tone buzz of the ECG machine after death".
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