(redirected from dials)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Idioms.


1. the circular graduated disc of various measuring instruments
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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.


McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


(1) See rotary dial.

(2) A Microsoft input device for its Surface Studio PC. See Surface Studio.
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
References in periodicals archive ?
The book includes enough of the science of radium and radiation so the average reader can understand why radium causes the kinds of damage the dial painters experienced, but it is not primarily a science book.
Not only is there not enough time to dial for constantly changing wind, but those who do often become confused as to where their zero point is, how to get back to it, and what change to make for varying conditions.
The sparkling diamond frame puts the Da Vinci Automatic into the realm of highest aesthetic form, and the new fresh colours of the dial and hour numbers at "12.
He is currently designing a dial to mark the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the first British colony in America.
"If they forget to dial all ten numbers, the calls will still go through for the next six months while people become familiar with the new way of dialing.
Included in the changes are outgoing call routing tables for PBXs, reprogramming outgoing toll restriction features, reprogramming telemanagement (called call logging in the U.K.) systems and even reprogramming announcement messages in voice mail systems and speed dial features.
The mechanical dial indicator is commonly used for setup and measuring inside, outside, and over/under dimensions of turned, milled, and ground workpieces.
X-District Green is distinguished by its khaki green color and the iconic black X across its dial. 'Swatch' is written on the silicone strap.
For the introductory part of the session, the participants dialed two practice numbers, followed by two digit-only and two digit-letter combinations for each of the four test modes.
Legal professionals can automatically dial phone numbers stored in their Palm handhelds with BeamDial, a wireless dialer.
Switch Dialing is an outbound solution designed to optimize a company's phone switch to dial numbers in a similar manner to predictive dialing.
A dark blue dial with multicolored stars gives it a night sky look.