Entry from British & World English dictionary
A sound heard by a telephone caller when the number dialled is being rung.
- I slammed down the receiver before I even heard the ringing tone, and all at once, I comprehended that I had made my choice.
- The callers will get to hear the set piece of music instead of the usual ringing tone.
- In desperation I rang the local police at Hovingham where a woman answered and put me through to a police crime report section, but this too only responded with a ringing tone.
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