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payphone

Definition:

a coin-operated telephone

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

payphones

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

pay + phone
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Payphone | pay phone

a public telephone, often located in a telephone booth or a privacy hood, with pre-payment by inserting money, a credit or debit card, or a telephone card. Payphones are often found in public places, transportation hubs such as airports or train... (41 of 2065 words, 9 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Payphone

Collins Dictionary:

payphone

a public telephone operated by coins or a phonecard (9 of 362 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/payphone

Oxford Dictionary:

payphone | pay station [United States]

a public telephone that is operated by coins or by a credit or prepaid card (15 of 37 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/payphone

Wiktionary:

payphone | payphones [plural] | tickey box [South African, synonym]

a public telephone that requires pre-payment to operate, generally via the insertion of coins or a credit card (18 of 19 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/payphone

Macmillan British Dictionary:

payphone [countable] | payphones [plural]

a telephone in a public place that you pay to use (11 of 15 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/payphone

Britannica Encyclopedia:

telephone

an instrument designed for the simultaneous transmission and reception of the human voice. The telephone is inexpensive, is simple to operate, and ... (22 of 892 words, 28 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/585993​/telephone

New World Dictionary:

telephone | telephoned [past tense] | telephoning [present participle] | telephoner [noun, related] | telephonic [adjective, related] | telephonically [adverb, related]

[United States] a system for transmitting speech or computerized ... | any device having a transmitter, receiver, and dialing mechanism, used in a ... (22 of 114 words, 6 definitions, pronunciations, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/telephone

Columbia Encyclopedia:

telephone

device for communicating sound, especially speech, usually by means of wires in an electric circuit. The telephones now in general use evolved from ... (23 of 932 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0848085​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

telephone | telephoned [past tense] | telephoning [present participle] | telephones [3rd-person singular present] | telephoner [noun, related]

An instrument that converts voice and other sound signals into a form that ... | To speak with (a person) by telephone. | To initiate or make a ... (26 of 312 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/telephone

Cambridge Dictionary:

phone [entry 1] | telephone | be on the phone

([formal] "telephone") a device which uses either a system of wires, along ... | the part of a telephone that you hold to your mouth and ear and that ... (28 of 175 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/phone 1

telephone [entry 2]

to use a phone (4 of 11 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/telephone 2

Merriam-Webster:

telephone [entry 1, often attributive, noun] | phoned [verb, telephones, past tense] | phoning [verb, telephones, present participle] | dial [verb, telephones] | call [verb, telephones] | ring [verb, telephones, British]

an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance ; specifically, one in which sound is converted into electrical impulses for transmission (as by ... (23 of 113 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/telephone

telephone [entry 2, verb] | telephoned [past tense] | telephoning [present participle] | dial [synonym, sense-specific] | phone [synonym, sense-specific] | ring [British, synonym, sense-specific] | call [synonym, sense-specific] | beep [similar, sense-specific] | buzz [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to speak to or attempt to reach by telephone | to send by telephone | to communicate by telephone (17 of 88 words, 3 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/telephone show=1

Random House Dictionary:

telephone | telephoned [past tense] | telephoning [present participle] | phone [sense-specific]

an apparatus, system, or process for transmission of sound or speech to a distant point, especially by an electric device. | to speak to or summon (a ... (26 of 55 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/telephone

Encarta Dictionary:

payphone | payphones [plural]

a public telephone that operates only when coins or a card are used to pay for calls (17 of 33 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861724357​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

payphone | payphones [plural]

Origin: pay + phone

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/payphone

pay | pays [plural] | paid [past tense] | payed [past tense] | paying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English payen, from Old French paier, from Medieval Latin pācāre ("to settle, satisfy") from Latin ... | Old French peier, from Latin picare ("to pitch"). (25 of 54 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pay

phone | phones [plural] | phoned [past tense] | phoning [present participle]

Origin: Shortening of telephone.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/phone

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

payphone

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "payphone"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/payphone

Macmillan British Dictionary:

payphone [countable] | payphones [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "payphone"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/payphone

the Free Dictionary:

payphone

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "payphone"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "payphone"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/payphone

pay-phone

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "pay-phone"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "pay-phone"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/pay-phone

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