Meaning of hot line

hot' line"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a direct telecommunications link, as a telephone line or Teletype circuit, enabling immediate communication between heads of state in an international crisis: the hot line between Washington and Moscow.
  2. a telephone service enabling people to talk confidentially with someone about a personal problem or crisis.
  3. a telephone line providing customers or clients with direct access to a company or professional service.

hot•line

Pronunciation: (hot'līn"), [key]
— n.
  1. See
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to a radio program that receives telephone calls from listeners on the air.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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