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Related to dialing: Pocket Dialing, Pulse dialing

dial back

To lessen something, especially in intensity. I could barely move my arms all week—I guess it's time to dial back the workouts!
See also: back, dial

dial down

To lessen something, especially in intensity. I could barely move my arms all week—I guess it's time to dial down the workouts!
See also: dial, down

pocket dial

1. verb To inadvertently make a phone call by accidentally sitting or otherwise pressing on one's cell phone (typically when it is in one's pocket). A: "Do you know why grandma called me last night?" B: "Oh, I think she just pocket dialed you."
2. noun The act of making such a phone call. I was excited when Jill called me for the first time in months, but she didn't actually want to talk to me—it was just a pocket dial.
See also: dial, pocket

rotary dial

The disk on a rotary telephone that is turned to dial a phone number. I hated having to use a rotary dial as a kid—it's so much easier to dial a phone number by pressing buttons.
See also: dial

*wrong number

 
1. Lit. an incorrect telephone number. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; dial ~; give someone ~.) He got the wrong number and hung up. When a young child answered, I knew I had the wrong number.
2. Fig. [a state of being] incorrect, late, inaccurate, etc. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Boy, do you have the wrong number! Get with it! You have missed the boat again. You have the wrong number!
See also: number, wrong

dial up

v.
To telephone someone or something: I dialed up my dentist and made an appointment. Would you dial your sister up and ask her what time she's coming over?
See also: dial, up
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These dialing changes became mandatory in the western Massachusetts 413 area code on June 1.
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Customers who try to use the current method of dialing a long distance call within the 216 area code after the effective date will hear a recorded message instructing them that it is necessary to dial a "1" and the area code before the seven-digit number.
This study reveals that mobile phone users find StarStar Dialing to be a simpler, easier tool than SMS text-to-number Short Codes," said Tim Jemison, chief executive officer of Zoove.
After December 31, 1994 customers will no longer be able to make long distance calls within their area code by dialing seven-digits only.
Residence customers with questions about the new dialing procedures may call the Bell of Pennsylvania We Can Help Center toll-free at 800-555-5000.
The use of outbound dialing systems in traditional areas such as telemarketing, credit card collections, and proactive customer care campaigns minimize the adverse impact of the legislations.
First to successfully combine all Voice Dialing and Control functions for speaker independent and speaker dependent systems, smARTspeak NG's comprehensive speech recognition algorithm is an all-in-one solution for operation in the tight processing power environment of today's mass-market mobile devices.
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YAK is available in homes and businesses in Canada and the United States by dialing 10-15-945 before each long distance call.
International callers can access the call by dialing (719)-457-2617 and providing the same conference ID#.
International callers can access the call by dialing (913)-981-5509 and providing the same conference ID#.
To ease the transition to the new dialing method Telmex offers a system for calls entering its network from the United States.