dial
  • A face with a graduated scale upon which a pointer or other indicator specifies the level a varying quantity is at. For example, a thermometer dial. Such a dial may also be virtual, such as that displayed on a computer monitor.
  • A face with a graduated scale upon which a pointer or other indicator specifies the level to which a variable control is set. For instance, a radio dial. Such a dial may also be virtual, such as that displayed on some audio receivers.
  • A device on a telephone which generates signals which are utilized to place calls. Also called telephone dial.
  • The action of using a dial (3) to place a telephone call.

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