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A clock face or instrument resembling a clock face.
[L. dies, day]
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(dī′ăl) [L. dialis, daily, fr. dies, day]
A graduated circular face, similar to a clock face, on which some measurement is indicated by a pointer that moves as the entity being measured (pressure, temperature, or heat) changes.

astigmatic dial

A circular dial with black lines of uniform width drawn as if they were connecting opposing numbers on the face of a clock. It is used in testing for astigmatism.
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When you make a phone call, the call goes to a central office in your town, which routes it to the number you dialed. If you're calling a faraway location, the central office redirects the call to a high-capacity system, called a backbone network, which carries the call across the country.
The participants dialed digit-only numbers and digit-letter combination sequences (such as 800-MADISON) using the enlarging techniques.