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dial

verb [I/T]  us   /dɑɪl/

dial verb [I/T] (TELEPHONE)

to make a telephone call by pressing the buttons or turning the disk on a telephone to be connected to a particular number: [T] What number did you dial?

dial

noun [C]  us   /ˈdɑɪl/

dial noun [C] (MEASURING DEVICE)

the part of a machine or device that shows a measurement, such as of speed or time, often a numbered circle with a moving pointer (= long narrow part with a point) A dial is also a part of an instrument that you can turn or move to control it: Turn the dial of the radio and get some music.
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