- enPR: kôl, IPA: /kɔːl/, X-SAMPA: /kO:l/
- ( UK ) IPA: kɔːɫ
- ( US ) IPA: /kɔɫ/, /kɑɫ/
- Rhymes: -ɔːl
- A telephone conversation .
- A social visit .
- A cry or shout .
- A decision or judgement .
- The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal .
- A beckoning or summoning .
- ( finance ) An option to buy stock at a specified price during or at a specified time .
- ( cricket ) The act of calling to the other batsman .
- ( cricket ) The state of being the batsman whose role it is to call ( depends on where the ball goes. )
- A work shift which requires one to be available when requested ( see on call ).
- 1978, Alan E. Nourse, The Practice, Harper & Row, ISBN 9780060131944:
- 2007, William D. Bailey, You Will Never Run Out of Jesus, CrossHouse Publishing, ISBN 978-0-929292-24-3:
- page 29: I took general-surgery call at Bossier Medical Center and asked special permission to take general-medical call, which was gladly given away by the older staff members: […] . You would be surprised at how many surgical cases came out of medical call .
- page 206: My first night of primary medical call was greeted about midnight with a very ill 30-year-old lady who had a temperature of 103 degrees .
- 2008, Jamal M. Bullocks et al., Plastic Surgery Emergencies: Principles and Techniques, Thieme, ISBN 978-1-58890-670-0, page ix:
- 2009, Steven Louis Shelley, A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, page 171:
- ( computing ) The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the point .
- A statement of a particular state, or rule, made in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on .
- ( poker ) The act of matching a bet made by a player who has previously bet in the same round of betting .
- altar call
- at call
- bird call
- booty call
- broker's call
- bugle call
- calendar call
- call and response
- call board/call-board
- call bond
- call box/callbox
- call center/call centre
- call fire
- call girl
- call mark
- call number
- call of nature
- call of the wild
- call option
- call protection
- call price
- call risk
- call rule
- call sign
- call slip
- call waiting
- cat call
- cold call
- collect call
- conference call
- courtesy call
- crank call
- curtain call
- distress call
- function call
- house call
- mail call
- margin call
- missed call
- money call
- naked call
- on call
- phone call
- port of call
- prank call
- service call
- sick call
- roll call
- telephone call
- toll call
- uncovered call
- wake-up call
- To request, summon, or beckon .
- To cry or shout .
- To contact by telephone .
- To pay a social visit .
- To name or refer to .
- ( reflexively: to be called ) Of a person, to have as one's name; of a thing, to have as its name .
- ( cricket ) ( of a batsman ): To shout directions to the other batsman on whether or not they should take a run .
- ( baseball, cricket ) ( of a fielder ): To shout to other fielders that he intends to take a catch ( thus avoiding collisions. )
- ( poker ) To match or equal the amount of poker chips in the pot as the player that bet .
- ( with an object preceded by the preposition for ) To require, demand .
- To state, or invoke a rule, in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on .
- ( finance ) To announce the early extinction of a debt by prepayment, usually at a premium .
- ( banking ) To demand repayment of a loan .
- ( transitive ) To predict .
- ( transitive ) To declare in advance .
- ( transitive, computing ) To jump to ( another part of a program ) to perform some operation, returning to the original point on completion .
- Call ducks
- call a runner out
- Call a bond
- Call roll
- Call a loan
- The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'
- The new dean calls meetings every week
- Call ( kal ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Called ( kald ); p. pr. & vb. n. Calling] [OE. callen, AS. ceallian; akin to Icel. & Sw. kalla, Dan. kalde, D. kallen to talk, prate, OHG. kallōn to call; cf. Gr. γηρύειν to speak, sing, Skr. gar to praise. Cf. Garrulous.]
1. To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, “to call a servant”.
Call hither Clifford; bid him come amain Shak.
2. To summon to the discharge of a particular duty; to designate for an office, or employment, especially of a religious character; -- often used of a divine summons; as, “to be called to the ministry”; sometimes, to invite; as, “to call a minister to be the pastor of a church”.
Paul . . . called to be an apostle Rom. i. 1.
The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Acts xiii. 2.
3. To invite or command to meet; to convoke; -- often with together; as, “the President called Congress together”; to appoint and summon; as, “to call a meeting of the Board of Aldermen”.
Now call we our high court of Parliament. Shak.
4. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name.
If you would but call me Rosalind. Shak.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. Gen. i. 5.
5. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.
What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. Acts x. 15.
6. To state, or estimate, approximately or loosely; to characterize without strict regard to fact; as, “they call the distance ten miles; he called it a full day's work”.
[The] army is called seven hundred thousand men. Brougham.
7. To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of. [Obs.]
This speech calls him Spaniard. Beau. & Fl.
8. To utter in a loud or distinct voice; -- often with off; as, “to call, or call off, the items of an account; to call the roll of a military company”.
No parish clerk who calls the psalm so clear. Gay.
9. To invoke; to appeal to.
I call God for a witness. 2 Cor. i. 23 [Rev. Ver. ]
10. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
If thou canst awake by four o' the clock.
I prithee call me. Sleep hath seized me wholly. Shak.
To call a bond, to give notice that the amount of the bond will be paid. -- To call a party ( Law ), to cry aloud his name in open court, and command him to come in and perform some duty requiring his presence at the time on pain of what may befall him. -- To call back, to revoke or retract; to recall; to summon back. -- To call down, to pray for, as blessing or curses. -- To call forth, to bring or summon to action; as, to call forth all the faculties of the mind. -- To call in, To collect; as, to call in debts or money; ar to withdraw from cirulation; as, to call in uncurrent coin. To summon to one's side; to invite to come together; as, to call in neighbors. -- To call ( any one ) names, to apply contemptuous names ( to any one ). -- To call off, to summon away; to divert; as, to call off the attention; to call off workmen from their employment. -- To call out. To summon to fight; to challenge. To summon into service; as, to call out the militia. -- To call over, to recite separate particulars
in order, as a roll of names. -- To call to account, to demand explanation of. -- To call to mind, to recollect; to revive in memory. -- To call to order, to request to come to order; as: A public meeting, when opening it for business. A person, when he is transgressing the rules of debate. -- To call to the bar, to admit to practice in courts of law. -- To call up. To bring into view or recollection; as to call up the image of deceased friend. To bring into action or discussion; to demand the consideration of; as, to call up a bill before a legislative body.
Syn. -- To name; denominate; invite; bid; summon; convoke; assemble; collect; exhort; warn; proclaim; invoke; appeal to; designate. -- To Call, Convoke, Summon. Call is the generic term; as, to call a public meeting. To convoke is to require the assembling of some organized body of men by an act of authority; as, the king convoked Parliament. To summon is to require attendance by an act more or less stringent anthority; as, to summon a witness.
- Call, v. i.
1. To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; -- sometimes with to.
You must call to the nurse. Shak.
The angel of God called to Hagar. Gen. xxi. 17.
2. To make a demand, requirement, or request.
They called for rooms, and he showed them one. Bunyan.
3. To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders.
He ordered her to call at the house once a week. Temple.
To call for To demand; to require; as, “a crime calls for punishment; a survey, grant, or deed calls for the metes and bounds, or the quantity of land, etc., which it describes”. To give an order for; to request. “Whenever the coach stopped, the sailor called for more ale.” Marryat. -- To call on, To call upon, To make a short visit to; as, “call on a friend”. To appeal to; to invite; to request earnestly; as, “to call upon a person to make a speech”. To solicit payment, or make a demand, of a debt. To invoke or play to; to worship; as, “to call upon God”. -- To call out To call or utter loudly; to brawl.
- Call n.
1. The act of calling; -- usually with the voice, but often otherwise, as by signs, the sound of some instrument, or by writing; a summons; an entreaty; an invitation; as, “a call for help; the bugle's call”. “Call of the trumpet.” Shak.
I rose as at thy call, but found thee not. Milton.
2. A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.
3. ( Eccl. ) An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
4. A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal.
Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity. Addison.
Running into danger without any call of duty. Macaulay.
5. A divine vocation or summons.
St. Paul himself believed he did well, and that he had a call to it, when he persecuted the Christians. Locke.
6. Vocation; employment. [In this sense, calling is generally used.]
7. A short visit; as, “to make a call on a neighbor”; also, the daily coming of a tradesman to solicit orders.
The baker's punctual call. Cowper.
8. ( Hunting ) A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.
9. ( Naut. ) A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.
10. ( Fowling ) The cry of a bird; also a noise or cry in imitation of a bird; or a pipe to call birds by imitating their note or cry.
11. ( Amer. Land Law ) A reference to, or statement of, an object, course, distance, or other matter of description in a survey or grant requiring or calling for a corresponding object, etc., on the land.
12. The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on. [Brokers' Cant]
13. See Assessment, 4.
At call, or On call, liable to be demanded at any moment without previous notice; as money on deposit. -- Call bird, a bird taught to allure others into a snare. -- Call boy A boy who calls the actors in a theater; a boy who transmits the orders of the captain of a vessel to the engineer, helmsman, etc. A waiting boy who answers a cal, or cames at the ringing of a bell; a bell boy. -- Call note, the note naturally used by the male bird to call the female. It is artificially applied by birdcatchers as a decoy. Latham. -- Call of the house ( Legislative Bodies ), a calling over the names of members, to discover who is absent, or for other purposes; a calling of names with a view to obtaining the ayes and noes from the persons named. -- Call to the bar, admission to practice in the courts.
From Middle English callen, from Old English ceallian ( “to call, shout” ) and Old Norse kalla ( “to call, shout” ); both from Proto-Germanic *kalzōnan ( “to call, shout” ), from Proto-Indo-European *gal( o )s-, *glōs-, *golH-so- ( “voice, cry” ). Cognate with Dutch kallen ( “to chat, talk” ), Middle High German kallen ( “to chatter, speak loudly” ), Swedish kalla ( “to call, refer to, beckon” ), Norwegian kalle ( “to call, name” ), Icelandic kalla ( “to call, shout, name” ), Latin glōria ( “fame, honour, glory” ), Welsh galw ( “to call, demand” ), Polish głos ( “voice” ), Lithuanian gal̃sas ( “echo” ). More at glory .
call ( plural: calls )
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