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The team asked volunteers to dial a number while on a treadmill for two minutes. The Sun (2016)They found so few errors in the number dialling that they concluded people felt it more important to text than walk properly. The Sun (2016)The cabin is uncluttered with a small cluster of instrument dials to control key elements. The Sun (2012)Yet pollsters use random digit dialling of landlines to build their samples. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Just set that shopping dial to spend. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Simply turn the dial for the correct hue. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Very little really moves the footballing dial. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Just move the numbered dial each time you refill. The Sun (2015)You are longing to dial the phone and hear their voice. The Sun (2011)The striking theme inside is lit up by red instrument dials. The Sun (2007)Most cars have a dial or control on the dashboard. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Now is the time to really turn up the dial. The Sun (2014)But it will take something big to move the dial. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Some still obsessively dial the mobile phones of their relatives. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Inside there are few changes to be seen other than a revised steering wheel and instrument dials. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It also has a control dial to switch from normal to snow mode. The Sun (2013)The classic 1970s design includes a square face with various dials and blue and red colours. Times, Sunday Times (2009)No more need you play Russian roulette with the radio dial. Times, Sunday Times (2006)For local calls, dial the number only. Collins Traveller - MallorcaDo the radio dials go up to 11? Times, Sunday Times (2014)My worry is that we're now having our tastes set at a dial by the tabloid press. Times, Sunday Times (2009)A home phone usually requires you to look up a number and dial the digits. Times, Sunday Times (2013)When you try to dial their number, the app will alert your closest friends by text so they can stage an intervention. The Sun (2013)Lone workers can set a speed dial button to ring for help, but this is slow and the wrong button may be selected under stress. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Try experimenting by turning your body, and then the dial, to face the other compass points. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Many spent the past week dialling their answering machines: if they took messages, the house was still standing. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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Translations for 'dial'
British English: dial /ˈdaɪəl; daɪl/ VERB
If you dial, or if you dial a number, you turn the dial or press the buttons on a telephone.
He lifted the phone and dialled her number.
He dialled, and spoke briefly to the duty officer.
- American English: dial
- Arabic: يُدِيرُ قُرْصَ الهَاتِف
- Brazilian Portuguese: discar
- Chinese: 拨号
- Croatian: nazvati
- Czech: vytočit číslo
- Danish: ringe
- Dutch: draaien kiezen
- European Spanish: marcar teléfono
- Finnish: valita numero puhelimella
- French: composer téléphone
- German: wählen Telefon
- Greek: παίρνω τηλέφωνο
- Italian: comporre
- Japanese: ダイヤルする
- Korean: 전화를 걸다
- Norwegian: ringe
- Polish: wybrać numer
- European Portuguese: discar
- Romanian: a forma un număr
- Russian: набирать номер
- Spanish: marcar pulsar en un teléfono los números
- Swedish: slå ett nummer
- Thai: หมุน
- Turkish: tuşlamak telefon
- Ukrainian: набирати номер
- Vietnamese: quay số
British English: dial NOUN
A dial is the part of a machine or instrument such as a clock or watch which shows you the time or a measurement that has been recorded.
The luminous dial on the clock showed five minutes to seven.
Definition of dial from the Collins English Dictionary
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