1. denoting an instrument using or connected with sound.
  2. denoting a person who uses a specified language.
from Greek phōnē ‘sound, voice’.
phones (plural noun)
  1. a telephone.
    "a few seconds later the phone rang" ·
    "a receptionist answered the phone" · "a phone number"
    telephone · mobile phone · mobile · cell phone · car phone ·
  2. informal
    headphones or earphones.
(phone upphone someone up)
phones (third person present) · phoned (past tense) · phoned (past participle) · phoning (present participle)
  1. contact someone by telephone.
    "he phoned her at work" ·
    "she phoned about twenty minutes ago"
    telephone · call · call up · give someone a call/ring · ring · ring up ·
    get someone on the phone · get on the phone to · get · reach · dial · make/place a call (to) · buzz · give someone a buzz · bell · give someone a bell/tinkle · get on the blower to · get someone on the horn
    • informal
      (phone it in)
      work or perform without much effort, interest, or enthusiasm.
      "I think of my playing as committed—I can't remember ever phoning it in at any performance"
late 19th century: abbreviation of telephone.
phones (plural noun)
  1. a speech sound; the smallest discrete segment of sound in a stream of speech.
mid 19th century: from Greek phōnē ‘sound, voice’.
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How to use phone in a sentence?
when you unlock your phone, you're presented with the ‘home screen’—the interface that shows off all your apps.
after putting a wiretap on the phone of the pizzeria, agents searched shipments bound for the warehouse.
they could put up a geofence around the building, meaning your phone disables itself when you enter it.
Japanese consumers have in the past been unreceptive to foreign interlopers in the cell phone market.
I think of my playing as committed—I can't remember ever phoning it in at any performance.
they were often able to hack phones because they had blagged phone numbers and passwords.
while updating the firmware the USB cable got disconnected and the phone is now a brick.
the case provides some protection for those butterfingers who often drop their phone.
he started posting tweets via his mobile phone to let his parents know he was safe.
the control lets you shuffle or skip songs by flicking the phone with your wrist.
the phone emerged as the prototypical example of point-to-point communication.
of course we've been in touch by phone, but I wanted to see things for myself.
the cellular phone is expected to ship at about $500 sometime this summer.
the headmaster was about to enter a stinging demurrer when the phone rang.
Orange now allows Pay As You Go mobile phone customers to roam in the US.
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How to say phone in other languages?
Laguages Translations
Afrikaans (NOUN)foon, selfoon, telefoon, bel
Arabic (NOUN)الهاتف, هاتف, هاتفية, هاتفك, الهواتف, هاتفه, هواتف
Bangla ফোন
Bosnian (Latin) telefon
Bulgarian (NOUN)телефон
Cantonese (Traditional) 電話
Catalan (NOUN)telèfon
Chinese Simplified 电话
Chinese Traditional 電話
Croatian (NOUN)telefon, preko telefona, mobitel
Czech (NOUN)telefon, tel.
Danish (NOUN)telefon, opringning, mobil
Dutch (NOUN)telefoon, toestel
Estonian (NOUN)telefoni, Tel
Fijian Talevoni
Filipino telepono
Finnish (NOUN)puhelin
French (NOUN)téléphone, Tél, portable
German (NOUN)Telefon, Handy, Smartphone, anrufen
Greek (NOUN)τηλέφωνο, τηλ
Haitian Creole telefòn
Hebrew (NOUN)הטלפון, טלפון, בטלפון, לטלפון, הפלאפון, מהטלפון, טלפונים
Hindi (NOUN)फोन, दूरभाष
Hmong Daw xov tooj
Hungarian (NOUN)telefon
Icelandic (NOUN)sími, síma, sνmi
Indonesian (NOUN)telepon, ponsel, Telpon
Italian (NOUN)telefono, cellulare, Tel
Japanese (NOUN)電話, 携帯電話, 電話機, フォン, 端末, 携帯
Kiswahili (NOUN)simu
Korean (NOUN)전화, 휴대 전화, 휴대폰, 폰
Latvian (NOUN)tālruņa, telefonu
Lithuanian (NOUN)telefono, tel.
Malagasy antso an-tariby
Malay (Latin) (NOUN)telefon
Maltese (NOUN)telefown
Norwegian Bokmål telefon
Persian (NOUN)تلفن, گوشی, تلفنی, تلفن همراه
Polish (NOUN)telefon
Portuguese (NOUN)telefone, celular
Querétaro Otomi teléfono
Romanian (NOUN)telefon
Russian (NOUN)телефон, Контактный телефон, звонки
Samoan telefoni
Serbian (Cyrillic) телефон
Serbian (Latin) telefon
Slovak (NOUN)telefón, mobil
Slovenian (NOUN)telefon
Spanish (NOUN)teléfono, móvil, celular
Swedish (NOUN)telefon, Tel, ringer
Tahitian niuniu
Tamil (NOUN)தொலைபேசி, பேசி, தொ.பேசி
Telugu ఫోన్
Thai (NOUN)โทรศัพท์, โฟน
Tongan telefoni
Turkish (NOUN)telefon, tel
Ukrainian (NOUN)телефон, тел
Urdu (NOUN)فون, ٹیلی فون
Vietnamese (NOUN)điện thoại, thoại
Welsh (NOUN)ffôn, ffonau, ffoniwch, rhif ffôn
Yucatec Maya nu'ukul t'aan
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