dialling tone

dialling tone UK US noun [C] UK (US dial tone)
COMMUNICATIONS the sound that you hear on a phone when you pick it up, before calling a number: »

She lifted the receiver and heard the dialling tone.

Compare RINGTONE(Cf. ↑ringtone)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • dialling tone — or (N American) dial tone noun The continuous sound heard on picking up a telephone receiver which indicates that the equipment is functioning and ready to accept an input telephone number • • • Main Entry: ↑dial * * * dialling tone UK [ˈdaɪəlɪŋ… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dialling tone — dialling tones N COUNT The dialling tone is the noise which you hear when you pick up a telephone receiver and which means that you can dial the number you want. [BRIT] (in AM, use dial tone) …   English dictionary

  • dialling tone — n BrE the sound you hear when you pick up the telephone that lets you know that you can make a call American Equivalent: dial tone …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dialling tone — (N. Amer. dial tone) ► NOUN ▪ a sound produced by a telephone that indicates that a caller may start to dial …   English terms dictionary

  • dialling tone — UK [ˈdaɪəlɪŋ ˌtəʊn] / US [ˈdaɪəlɪŋ ˌtoʊn] noun [countable] Word forms dialling tone : singular dialling tone plural dialling tones British the sound that a telephone makes when you pick it up to show that you can make a call …   English dictionary

  • dialling tone — (N. Amer. dial tone) noun a sound produced by a telephone that indicates that a caller may start to dialect …   English new terms dictionary

  • dialling tone — noun (C) BrE the sound you hear when you pick up the telephone that lets you know that you can make a call; dial tone AmE …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dialling tone — [ˈdaɪəlɪŋ ˌtəʊn] noun [C] British the sound that a telephone makes when you pick it up …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • tone — UK US /təʊn/ noun [S] COMMUNICATIONS ► an electronic sound that you hear on a phone line: »Please leave your message after the tone. ● a busy tone Cf. a busy tone → See also DIAL TONE(Cf. ↑dial tone), DIALLING TONE …   Financial and business terms

  • tone — tone1 W2 [təun US toun] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(voice)¦ 2¦(sound)¦ 3¦(general feeling/attitude)¦ 4¦(colour)¦ 5¦(electronic sound)¦ 6 raise/lower the tone (of something) 7¦(body)¦ 8¦(music)¦ 9¦(voice level)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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