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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

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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Preview Dialing: Campaign Manager loads a programmed list of calls, and when an agent is available for an outbound call, the agent clicks a button in an application or chooses a menu item to start the preview dial process.
In the event of a failure of the primary DSL connection, the backup module or modem dials into the dial-up ISP POP (Point of Presence) and restores Internet service for everyone on the LAN.
it provides end-customers with dial backup should their ADSL
to customer sites, and then dial in via the modem to configure
The product, an NLM that loads on a NetWare file server, processes authentication requests from RADIUS-compliant remote access servers on the LAN or WAN whenever a user dials in.
As more and more users dial in to enterprise LANs, and as the number of remote access servers on the LAN increases, the management burden on network administrators has become staggering," said Cimarron Boozer, vice president of product marketing at Funk Software.
For example, TalkWorks supports programmable Speed Dial buttons for automated dialing of phone numbers, so users can configure their Speed Dials for immediate access of important numbers.
The system prompts the caller for the document(s) requested and faxes it to them while on the line, saving the user dial back costs when the request comes from a long distance caller.