What is telephone?

  • (noun): Transmitting speech at a distance.
    Synonyms: telephony
    See also — Additional definitions below

Telephone

The telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that transmits and receives sounds, usually the human voice. Telephones are a point-to-point communication system whose most basic function is to allow two people separated by large distances to talk to each other. Developed in the mid-1870s by Alexander Graham Bell and others, the telephone has long been considered indispensable to businesses, households and governments, is now one of the most common appliances in the developed world. The word "telephone" has been adapted to many languages and is now recognized around the world.

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Telephone - Patents
... US 174,465 -- Telegraphy (Bell's first telephone patent) -- Alexander Graham Bell US 186,787 -- Electric Telegraphy (permanent magnet receiver ... System—Amos Edward Joel (Bell Labs) US 3,906,166 -- Radio Telephone System (DynaTAC cell phone) -- Martin Cooper et al ...
NBTel
... NBTel was founded as the New Brunswick Telephone Company in 1888 after Bell Telephone Company of Canada's attempt to establish telephone service in the Maritime provinces failed ... NBTel purchased the last independent telephone operator in New Brunswick, giving it a monopoly for the telephone service ...
The Bell Telephone Hour
... The Bell Telephone Hour (also known as The Telephone Hour) is a long-run concert series which began April 29, 1940 on NBC Radio and was heard on NBC until June 30, 1958 ... Sponsored by Bell Telephone as the name assumes, it showcased the best in classical and Broadway music, reaching eight to nine million listeners each week ...
Telephone Plug - List of Plugs - Modular Connectors
... handset cables (often erroneously referred to as RJ9, RJ10, and RJ22) 6P2C for RJ11 single telephone line 6P4C for RJ14 two telephone lines 6P6C for RJ25 three telephone lines 8P8C for RJ61X four ...

More definitions of "telephone":

  • (noun): Electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds.
    Example: "I talked to him on the telephone"
    Synonyms: phone, telephone set
  • (verb): Get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone.
    Synonyms: call, call up, phone, ring

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