telephone dial


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telephone dial

[′tel·ə‚fōn ‚dīl]
(engineering)
A switch operated by a finger wheel, used to make and break a pair of contacts the required number of times for setting up a telephone circuit to the party being called.
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Less than 9 percent of the country's highways exceed two lanes; major rail lines can't handle the heaviest grain or chemical tank cars used in the U.S.; hour-long waits for a telephone dial tone aren't unusual; and advanced data and image transmission is virtually nonexistent.
Each representative also received bold line writing paper, an envelope writing guide, a signature guide, a check writing guide, a letter writing guide, Hi-Marks, a magni-guide, a medicine bottle opener, a safety food turner, a hot pan grip, an inner lip plate, oven mitts, a magnifier, low vision playing cards, a pill organizer, a large print telephone dial, and one 33-inch and one 36-inch orthopedic folding cane.
But the introduction of the telephone dial system reduced the need for operators.
There's a sort of giddy madness to these Frankenstein concoctions, a sort of fusion-beyond-fusion as you leap from the exotic grandeur of a song such as the majestic "Sands of India" to the mad science sampling of "Toys in the Basement," with its telephone dial tones and odd sounds of trashcans clinking.
That was followed by a rotary telephone dial in 1962, using a rotating platen.
when the Blairs presented them with a "toddler table" with pop- up elephants and telephone dial.
The artist has used familiar objects, such as old music records, telephone dials and elements of a clock to underline something which is familiar to the viewer: repetition.

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