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phone1

[fohn] /foʊn/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), phoned, phoning.
1.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; by shortening

phone2

[fohn] /foʊn/
noun, Phonetics
1.
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.
Origin
1865-70; < Greek phōnḗ voice
Related forms
phonal, adjective

-phone

1.
a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone).
Origin
see phone2
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Examples from the web for phone
  • 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 phone.
  • What a many-splendored experience it once was to talk on the phone.
  • Great for stashing your cell phone and seeds pockets, she suggests.
  • Apple expands it retail strategy onto the mobile phone.
  • In order to do that, you'll need to unlock the phone.
  • Your cell phone could be your link to personally tailored beauty products.
  • My first city job was trying to sell magazine subscriptions over the phone after school.
British Dictionary definitions for phone

phone1

/fəʊn/
noun, verb
1.
short for telephone

phone2

/fəʊn/
noun
1.
(phonetics) a single uncomplicated speech sound
Word Origin
C19: from Greek phōnē sound, voice

-phone

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
Derived Forms
-phonic, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from Greek phōnē voice, sound
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Word Origin and History for phone
n.

1884, shortening of telephone (n.). Phone book first recorded 1925; phone booth 1927; phone bill 1901.

"elementary sound of a spoken language," 1866, from Greek phone (see fame (n.)).

v.

1884, from phone (n.). Related: Phoned; phoning.

-phone

word-forming element meaning "voice, sound," also "speaker of," from Greek phone "voice, sound," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, say, tell" (cf. Latin for, fari "to speak," fama "talk, report;" see fame (n.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for phone

phone

Related Terms

flip phone, hold the phone


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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