Definitions of dial

  1. To measure with a dial.
  2. To survey with a dial.
  3. choose by means of a dial; " dial a telephone number"
  4. operate a dial to select a telephone number; " You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial"
  5. An instrument, formerly much used for showing the time of day from the shadow of a style or gnomon on a graduated arc or surface; esp., a sundial; but there are lunar and astral dials. The style or gnomon is usually parallel to the earth's axis, but the dial plate may be either horizontal or vertical.
  6. the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
  7. a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called
  8. the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments
  9. the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning
  10. The graduated face of a timepiece, on which the time of day is shown by pointers or hands.
  11. A flat surface on which a metal finger casts a shadow in such a way as to show the time by the sun; the face of a timepiece; any plate on which an index finger marks revolutions, pressure, etc.; an insulated fixed wheel used in telegraphy.
  12. An instrument for showing the time of day by the sun's shadow: the face of a watch or clock.
  13. Instrument showing the time of day by a shadow cast from the sun; face of a clock or watch.
  14. A device for indicating time by a shadow thrown upon a marked plate; as, a sun dial.
  15. Any graduated circular plate or face, as of a watch or clock, a mariners compass, etc.
  16. A contrivance for showing the hour of the day by the sun's shadow; the graduated face of a timepiece; anything similar, with a movable index.
  17. An instr. for measuring time by the sun's shadow.