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"dial tone" in British English

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dial tonenoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   US (UK dialling tone)
a ​continuoussound that ​tells you that a ​phone is ​connected to the ​phonesystem and is ​ready to be used
(Definition of dial tone from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dial tone" in American English

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dial tonenoun [C]

 us   /ˈdɑɪl ˌtoʊn/
the ​continuoussound you ​hear when you ​pick up the ​telephone, ​letting you ​know that you can ​call a ​number
(Definition of dial tone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dial tone" in Business English

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dial tonenoun [C]

uk   us   US COMMUNICATIONS
→  dialling tone : Pick up the ​receiver then wait for the ​diallingtone.
(Definition of dial tone from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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