|1.||a. Also called: telephone set an electrical device for transmitting speech, consisting of a microphone and receiver mounted on a handset|
|b. (as modifier): a telephone receiver|
|2.||a. a worldwide system of communications using telephones. The microphone in one telephone converts sound waves into electrical signals that are transmitted along a telephone wire or by radio to one or more distant sets, the receivers of which reconvert the incoming signal into the original sound|
|b. (as modifier): a telephone exchange; a telephone call|
|3.||See telephone box|
|4.||to call or talk to (a person) by telephone|
|5.||to transmit (a recorded message, radio or television programme, or other information) by telephone, using special transmitting and receiving equipment|
instrument designed for simultaneous two-way voice communication and the technological system through which it is employed. It is a central part of modern telecommunication.
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