a busy tone

a busy tone
a busy tone
(US also the busy tone, UK also an engaged tone) an electronic sound when you call a phone number that tells you the person you are calling is already using the phone for another call: »

I've tried calling her several times but I keep on getting a busy tone.

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  • tone — UK US /təʊn/ noun [S] COMMUNICATIONS ► an electronic sound that you hear on a phone line: »Please leave your message after the tone. ● a busy tone Cf. a busy tone → See also DIAL TONE(Cf. ↑dial tone), DIALLING TONE …   Financial and business terms

  • Busy signal — For other uses, see Busy signal (disambiguation). A busy signal (or busy tone or engaged tone) in telephony is an audible or visual signal to the calling party that indicates failure to complete the requested connection of that particular… …   Wikipedia

  • tone — tone1 W2 [təun US toun] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(voice)¦ 2¦(sound)¦ 3¦(general feeling/attitude)¦ 4¦(colour)¦ 5¦(electronic sound)¦ 6 raise/lower the tone (of something) 7¦(body)¦ 8¦(music)¦ 9¦(voice level)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tone — 1 noun 1 VOICE SHOWING FEELING (C) (plural) the way your voice sounds that shows how you are feeling, or what you mean: “Why would I lie?” Nora asked in an injured tone. | She spoke in warm tones about her family. | tone of voice spoken (=used… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tone — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 quality of a sound, esp. of the human voice ADJECTIVE ▪ deep, low ▪ hushed, quiet, subdued ▪ Why is everyone speaking in hushed tones? …   Collocations dictionary

  • tone — [[t]to͟ʊn[/t]] ♦♦♦ tones, toning, toned 1) N COUNT: with supp, usu pl The tone of a sound is its particular quality. Cross could hear him speaking in low tones to Sarah. ...the clear tone of the bell. 2) N COUNT: usu with supp Someone s tone is a …   English dictionary

  • Busy verification — In a public switched telephone network, busy verification: is a network provided service feature that permits an attendant to verify the busy or idle state of station lines and to break into the conversation. A 440 Hz tone is applied to the line… …   Wikipedia

  • busy signal — noun An audible signal to the calling party that indicates failure to complete the requested connection; an engaged tone …   Wiktionary

  • Reorder tone — The reorder tone, also known as the fast busy tone, is the congestion tone or all trunks busy (ATB) tone of a public switched telephone network. It varies from country to country; in the USA it is a dual frequency tone of 480 Hz and 620 Hz at a… …   Wikipedia

  • Call-progress tone — In telephony, call progress tones are audible tones sent from the PSTN or a PBX to calling parties to indicate the status of phone calls. Equipment such as fax machines and modems are designed to recognise dial tones and busy tones.The ITU T… …   Wikipedia

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