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Definition of Dial


  1. 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.
  2. The graduated face of a timepiece, on which the time of day is shown by pointers or hands.
  3. A miner's compass.
  4. To measure with a dial.
  5. To survey with a dial.

Dial Quotations

There's always been a lot of information about your activities. Every phone number you dial, every credit-card charge you make. It's long since passed that a typical person doesn't leave footprints.
Bill Gates

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
Philip James Bailey

TV tends to look for the living equivalents of squeaky-clean Kens and Barbies, but with my dial I'm more like Ken's dirty old uncle.
John C. McGinley

Sleep is the best time to repair, but it's hard to get a good night's rest when we don't dial the inner chatter down.
Kris Carr

Thank you so much for supporting me from the day I stepped foot into the music industry. It really means something to me to have Maya Angelou speak on my behalf. It also means a lot to have Oprah on my speed dial!
Mary J. Blige
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Dial Translations

dial in Afrikaans is skyf, plaat
dial in Danish is skive
dial in Dutch is wijzerplaat
dial in Finnish is kiekko
dial in Italian is quadrante, numero, eleggere
dial in Portuguese is seletor
dial in Spanish is numero, marcar, dial
dial in Swedish is ringa, urtavla
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