call off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v call off give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
    • v call off postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled "Call off the engagement","cancel the dinner party","we had to scrub our vacation plans","scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is an area located off the south-eastern Atlantic coast of the United States called the "Bermuda Triangle." It is known for a high rate of unexplained losses of ships, small boats, and aircraft, which has led some people to believe that this triangle has supernatural powers
    • Call off to summon away
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Quotations

  • Johnny Carson
    Johnny Carson
    “For days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.”

Idioms

Call the dogs off - If someone calls off their dogs, they stop attacking or criticising someone.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ceallian; Ice. kalla, Dut. kallen.

Usage

In literature:

He rode across the turf, calling off his dog, and came up to her.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
Roaring Dick, after a short absence for examination, returned to call off the rear.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
A point much like the Ramhead off Plymouth, which I take to be the same that Tasman calls South Cape, bore north four leagues off us.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
The grown people wore heavy shoes called brogans while I wore the cast-off shoes of the white ladies.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
The big leaders were appealed to to call him off, but Costell declined to interfere.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
But unless you call it off, I'm going to know a few more of them before I quit.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
Called at Huntly Burn, and shook hands with Sir Adam and his Lady just going off.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Sir Edmund continued speaking with them a few minutes, and then was called off to receive other guests.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
While the others were unloading and getting things into shape, I called Thompson off for a talk.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
Troubles at home were calling off both father and son from the Welsh war, and thus Llewelyn secured his virtual triumph.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Maybe if you explain the situation, they'll call off this fellow Rodriguez.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
She has been expecting a call from us, but she has probably drifted farther off than she was last evening.
"The Moving Picture Girls Under the Palms" by Laura Lee Hope
As it is, what about calling off the dog?
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
Mr. Toner's voice could be heard three doors off calling for Sylvanus, Timotheus, Rufus, Mr. Rigby and Mr. Maguffin.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
They could only sit and gaze in the direction in which the hostler had disappeared, and wait for somebody to come and call off the dogs.
"The Boy Trapper" by Harry Castlemon
I ain't disputing it's a good loft; and so if Slotkin calls off the strike we take the loft.
"Potash & Perlmutter" by Montague Glass
The sentries had just called off three o'clock.
"An Apache Princess" by Charles King
He leaned his head forward onto his arms, vaguely wondering why she was calling off the feud.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
The eight finished their baths, changed back into birds, and calling their sister they all flew off together.
"The Laughing Prince" by Parker Fillmore
And even when the detectives, like hounds baffled at a scent, are called off, there remains the gambler's element of luck.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
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In poetry:

But when he called on Nelly Gray,
She made him quite a scoff;
And when she saw his wooden legs,
Began to take them off.
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
Off the beach at Waka
With the rising tide
The sandbanks vanish
Plunging to the reed beds
The cranes fly over, calling.
"Off the beach at Waka" by Yamabe no Akahito
Across the dusty, foot-worn street
Unblessed of flower or tree,
Faint and far-off--there ever sounds
The calling of the sea.
"The Call" by Virna Sheard
The wild birds sing in Brixham woods,
    Far off the sea waves call;
In Scotland garrison but one
    Keeps watch and ward for all.
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Can thoo call hounds off when t' scent's breast high?
Or larn a linnet to trill?
Or forbid a Romany heart to roam
At t' whisper o' lile April?
"Gypsy Bride" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Their call is loud: they plead and onward urge us…
A magic boat waits in the harbour - we
Are by the tide borne off that round us surges
Into the seas' infinity.
"As In The Globe Embraced" by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

In news:

Pierson's 18-2 team practiced at Mashashimuet Park Monday after Section XI — despite the fact that no rain fell in Sag Harbor — called off what was to have been game one of the best-of-three county Class C championship series.
The search for a lion in Essex , near London, has been called off.
With no negotiations scheduled, and overall communication shutting down, too, the NHL appears to be getting close to calling off more games, putting the entire hockey season in jeopardy.
However, some schools still called off classes Tuesday.
She was previously engaged to lawyer Jonas Bergstrom, but called off their wedding in 2010 amid allegations of his infidelity.
A Russian league game between Dinamo Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg was called off in the first half Saturday after Dinamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin was injured when a firecracker thrown from the stands exploded near him.
Search for missing Cape fisherman called off.
30 pm, the search was called off after no suspects had been found.
Crews call off Brittanee Drexel search, investigation will go on .
A Russian league game between Zenit St Petersburg and Dinamo Moscow was called off in the first half Saturday after visiting goalkeeper Anton Shunin was injured when a firecracker thrown from the stands exploded near him.
University of Georgia officials have called off disciplinary proceedings against a graduate student who sent an irate and profane e-mail to parking services, complaining about the lack of scooter parking on campus.
NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard calls off search for 2 workers missing after oil platform fire in Gulf of Mexico .
It might be time to consider calling off the search party for Mario Williams and the Buffalo Bills' long-lost defense.
(AP) — Authorities have called off the search for a Staunton man who went missing a week ago while hiking on Shenandoah Mountain.
The Bachelorette Emily Maynard and fiancé Jef Holm each confirmed late Wednesday that they've called off their engagement, RadarOnline.com has learned.
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In science:

This is commonly done for example in NMR, by so-called refocusing techniques (similar to spin-echoes), where the ωσz term in the Hamiltonion cannot be switched off but it is possible to perform a Rx (180) or NOT gate.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
The off-diagonal elements of the density matrix thus decay exponentially over time, and phase randomization is therefore also called phase damping.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
We only consider stars brighter than about two magnitudes below the turn off and call N (t) the total number of MS stars in the same cluster, in the same interval of magnitudes.
Evolution towards the critical limit and the origin of Be stars
Then comes what is called the inertial range, where Kolmogorov’s theory predicts that E (k , t) drops off as k− 5 3 , due to the transfer of energy from vortices of higher to lower length scales.
Numerical comparison of Riemann solvers for astrophysical hydrodynamics
The two exemptions when particles become involved are the above mentioned scattering of Langmuir waves off ions, and the so-called electron-cyclotron maser instability [for a contemporary review see, e.g., 152].
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
The next order in perturbation theory, called the hyperpolarizability is unimportant unless the supposedly off-resonant laser is accidentally resonant with a two-photon transition (see , for instance).
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
The plot of this velocity as a function of distance is the so-called galaxy rotation curve , which according to Newtonian mechanics should obey a square-root fall-off v ∝ r−1/2 .
Chern-Simons Modified General Relativity
NLPs, it pays off to apply an eager elimination strategy such as DDMin, which results in calling a solver with relatively smaller programs during delta debugging.
Testing and Debugging Techniques for Answer Set Solver Development
In the so-called vector meson dominance (VMD) model for photoproduction, a real photon can fluctuate into a virtual vector meson, which subsequently scatters off the target proton.
Differential cross sections and spin density matrix elements for gamma p -> phi p from CLAS
Since there often exists a trade-off relation between type I error probability and type II error probability, accordingly, we take a permissible error constant α ∈ (0, 1) for the first error probability, which is called the (significance) level.
Quantum hypothesis testing for quantum Gaussian states: Quantum analogues of chi-square, t and F tests
De Pontieu et al. (2007) revived this idea when they used off-limb coronal hole data to show that high velocity spicules (so called type II spicules) existing in the solar chromosphere exhibit only upward motions.
Off-limb (spicule) DEM distribution from SoHO/SUMER observations
We will focus on the online approach, sometimes called active diagnosis, which is typically much more effi cient in practice than its off-line counterpart .
Efficient Test Selection in Active Diagnosis via Entropy Approximation
The third family The third family, often called the replicon or R family, comprises everything remaining after splitting off the first two families.
Block diagonalizing ultrametric matrices
This type of CP violation is called “indirect.” The small size of the expected asymmetry is caused by the off diagonal elements of the Γ matrix in equation (68) being very small compared to the off diagonal elements of the mass matrix, i.e. |Γ12/M12 | << 1.
Prospects for B-Physics in the Next Decade
The percolating cluster has the topology of a one-dimensional chain with “blobs” interspersed among the so-called “cutting bonds.” The cutting bonds are those that cuts off percolation if removed.
Criticality in the Integer Quantum Hall Effect
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