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English definition of “dial”

dial

noun [C] (MEASURING DEVICE)    /ˈdaɪ.əl/
the part of a machine or device that shows you a measurement of something such as speed or time: Can you read what it says on the dial? The dial of/on his watch had a picture of Mickey Mouse on it.Weighing, measuring and counting devices a device on an instrument that you move in order to control it or make changes to it: You turn this dial to find a different radio station.Weighing, measuring and counting devices
(Definition of dial noun (MEASURING DEVICE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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