Meaning of dial in in English:

dial in

See synonyms for dial in

phrasal verb

  • 1also dial into somethingAccess a computer system or service remotely via a phone line.

    ‘there's no need to dial in to see if you have mail’
    • ‘remote workers or travelling employees can dial into the data network’
    • ‘So each time I dial in for mail and, perhaps, a little surf session, a meter starts back at the phone exchange and the pennies begin to tick away.’
    • ‘This address will normally change each time you dial in, which makes it hard for a hacker to identify your individual machine.’
    • ‘Once you dial in to your ISP, all you have to do is load whatever browser you want to use.’
    • ‘There's 10/100 wired Ethernet, and users can dial in using the built-in 57Kbps modem.’
    • ‘The overwhelming majority of the pay-as-you-go customers dial in less than once a month and generate little if any revenue.’
    • ‘The company blamed heavier than anticipated usage of the service for the temporary suspension, after existing customers were unable to dial in.’
    • ‘The new generation of wireless devices means it is now possible to remain constantly connected to the office, without the need to dial in.’
    • ‘Whenever you dial in to an Internet connection, your ISP can determine your phone number with caller ID.’
    • ‘She found the password written on the first page of her phone book and dialed into the voice mail system.’
    • ‘Curious, I dialed into voicemail and played back the message.’
    • ‘We dialled into the Internet and went to AltaVista.’
  • 2dial something in, dial in somethingCall a phone number by turning a dial or using a keypad or touchscreen.

    • ‘it took only a moment to dial in the numbers’
  • 3dial something in, dial in somethingSet or regulate something by means of a dial.

    • ‘you're expected to dial in volume and tone settings’
    1. 3.1Include or add something.
      • ‘the car has a lot of understeer dialled into the suspension’
  • 4be dialled in or get dialled ininformal Be or become so focused that one is able to perform to the best of one's abilities.

    • ‘I didn't really get dialled in until the final qualifying session’
    • ‘You mustn't rush into bends too fast because you can drift out but we'll get some great racing once the riders get dialled in.’
    • ‘Hudson was also dialled in, scoring 28 points and going six of 10 from the three-point line.’
    • ‘He is known as a streak hitter who, when he does get dialed in, can carry a team on his back.’
    • ‘Once you've downshifted your calories, you need only follow these basic guidelines to get your body dialed in for the beach over the next three months.’
    • ‘We're both dialed in, so to change this successful formula would be a mistake.’
    • ‘While he has the power to wreak havoc as a three-down lineman, Warren is dialed in only for short stretches, has never developed a lethal counter move to his bull rush and gets fat and lazy.’
    • ‘Without meaning to sound too awful, I don't think that I could really focus in the same way if she was there because you have to be as professional as possible, completely dialled in, if you want to give it your best shot.’
    • ‘A semifinal bye helped Omond get dialed in for the final against Miller.’
    • ‘You mustn't rush into bends too fast because you can drift out but we'll get some great racing once the riders get dialled in.’
    • ‘Anthony was in much better shape than he was two weeks ago at the Atlantic City Pro, but still wasn't as dialed in as several other competitors who appeared to have the edge in terms of conditioning.’