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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TELEPHONE

A telephone message had already told him of the death of Bill Dozier.

"That's what they got over the telephone," said Scottie apologetically.

They'll take the telephone and rouse the towns all along the mountains.

When, finally, he addressed his friend over the telephone, his tones were of the cheerfulest.

Only the maid answered the ringing of the telephone, and his notes were seemingly unheeded.

He went to the desk where the telephone was, and took up the receiver.

He seated himself in Gilder's chair at the desk, and drew the telephone to him.

I then tried to see how feeble a current was audible in the telephone.

Friday evening Linda was called from the dinner table to the telephone.

Trevors called him up by telephone to advise him to see Jupiter Belles at once.

WORD ORIGIN

1835, "apparatus for signaling by musical notes" (devised by Sudré in 1828), from French téléphone (c.1830), from télé- "far" (see tele-) + phone "sound" (see fame (n.)). Also used of other apparatus early 19c., including "instrument similar to a foghorn for signaling from ship to ship" (1844). The electrical communication tool was first described in modern form by P.Reis (1861); developed by Bell, and so called by him from 1876.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TELEPHONE

call

verbattempt to communicate by telephone
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.