Definition of dial tone in English:

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dial tone

Pronunciation: /ˈdī(ə)l ˌtōn/


North American
A sound that a telephone produces indicating that a caller may start to dial.
Example sentences
  • He listened and heard the familiar and comforting monotone sound of the dial tone.
  • There was a click; the dial tone a moment later indicating that Miri considered the conversation over.
  • Is the dial tone of the telephone something that you take for granted?

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Syllabification: di·al tone

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