1 [fohn]
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), phoned, phoning.

1880–85; by shortening Unabridged


2 [fohn]
noun Phonetics.
a speech sound: There are three phonetically different “t” phones in an utterance of “titillate,” and two in an utterance of “tattletale.”
Compare allophone, phoneme.

1865–70; < Greek phōnḗ voice

phonal, adjective


a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone ), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone ), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone ).

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World English Dictionary
phone1 (fəʊn)
n, —vb
short for telephone

phone2 (fəʊn)
phonetics a single uncomplicated speech sound
[C19: from Greek phōnē sound, voice]

combining form
1.  (forming nouns) indicating voice, sound, or a device giving off sound: microphone; telephone
2.  (forming nouns and adjectives) (a person) speaking a particular language: Francophone
[from Greek phōnē voice, sound]
adj combining form

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Word Origin & History

1884, shortening of telephone. The verb is attested from 1889, from the noun. Phone book first recorded 1925; phone booth 1927.

comb. form meaning "voice," from Gk. phone "voice, sound," from PIE base *bha- "to speak, say, tell" (cf. L. for, fari "to speak," fama "talk, report;" see fame).
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Example sentences
The longer the screen is lit, the more juice the phone uses.
The phone would begin searching for devices in the area.
Linger on the grounds to enjoy our new cell phone tour.
Millions of music tracks ready to play instantly, on your computer and your
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