landline


landline
landline land‧line [ˈlændlaɪn] noun [countable] TELECOMMUNICATIONS
a telephone connection that receives a signal from wires attached to poles or from a cable (= thick wire ) under the ground:

• I'll call you back on the landline, it's cheaper.

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landline UK US /ˈlændlaɪn/ noun [C] COMMUNICATIONS
a set of wires that carries phone signals and connects homes and offices to the phone system: »

The carrier has 17 million local landline customers.

a phone that is not a mobile phone and that is connected to the phone system by wires: »

Her cell phone's switched off. I'll try her on her landline.

Compare FIXED-LINE(Cf. ↑fixed-line)

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