phone Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
    telephone set; telephone.
    • I talked to him on the telephone
  2. noun (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
    sound; speech sound.
  3. noun electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear
    earphone; earpiece; headphone.
    • it was not the typing but the earphones that she disliked
  4. verb get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
    ring; call; telephone; call up.
    • I tried to call you all night
    • Take two aspirin and call me in the morning