Definitions of telephone

  1. To communicate or talk by such an instrument.
  2. To convey or announce by telephone.
  3. To transmit by telephone.
  4. An instrument for reproducing sounds, especially articulate speech, at a distance.
  5. An instrument for sending and receiving speech or other sounds at a distance by means of electricity.
  6. In a general sense, any instrument or apparatus which transmits sound beyond its natural limits of audibility; thus the speaking- tube so much used in conveying the sound of the voice from one room to another in large buildings, or a stretched cord or wire attached to vibrating membranes or discs, constitutes virtually a telephone. But the name is generally restricted to an instrument transmitting sound by means of electricity and telegraph wires. About the year 1860 the idea that sound- producing vibrations could be transmitted through a wire by means of electricity began to be recognized by several men of science. Reis of Frankfort invented an apparatus which could reproduce at a distant station the pitch of a musical sound by means of a discontinuous current along a telegraph wire. A great step in advance was made in 1876 when Prof. Graham Bell, a Scotchman resident in this country, discovered an articulating telephone which depends upon the principle of the undulating current, and by means of which the very quality of a note, and therefore conversation itself, could be reproduced at a distant station. Several varieties of telephonic apparatus are now in everyday use for intercommunication between distant places.
  7. Telephonic.