撥號; 撥號盤; 刻度盤
Di·al, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dialed or Dialled; p. pr. & vb. n. Dialing or Dialling.]
1. To measure with a dial.
Hours of that true time which is dialed in heaven. --Talfourd.
2. Mining To survey with a 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.
Dial bird Zool., an Indian bird (Copsychus saularius), allied to the European robin. The name is also given to other related species.
Dial lock, a lock provided with one or more plates having numbers or letters upon them. These plates must be adjusted in a certain determined way before the lock can be operated.
Dial plate, the plane or disk of a dial or timepiece on which lines and figures for indicating the time are placed.
n 1: the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
2: the control on a radio or television set that is used for
3: the circular graduated indicator on various measuring
4: a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for
each number called [syn: telephone dial]
v 1: operate a dial to select a telephone number; "You must take
the receiver off the hook before you dial"
2: choose by means of a dial; "dial a telephone number"
[also: dialling, dialled]
for the measurement of time, only once mentioned in the Bible,
erected by Ahaz (2 Kings 20:11; Isa. 38:8). The Hebrew word
(ma'aloth) is rendered "steps" in Ex. 20:26, 1 Kings 10:19, and
"degrees" in 2 Kings 20:9, 10, 11. The _ma'aloth_ was probably
stairs on which the shadow of a column or obelisk placed on the
top fell. The shadow would cover a greater or smaller number of
steps, according as the sun was low or high.
Probably the sun-dial was a Babylonian invention. Daniel at
Babylon (Dan. 3:6) is the first to make mention of the "hour."