• WordNet 3.6
    • v call rouse somebody from sleep with a call "I was called at 5 A.M. this morning"
    • v call consider or regard as being "I would not call her beautiful"
    • v call challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of "call the speaker on a question of fact"
    • v call utter in a loud voice or announce "He called my name","The auctioneer called the bids"
    • v call order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role "He was already called 4 times for jury duty","They called him to active military duty"
    • v call order or request or give a command for "The unions called a general strike for Sunday"
    • v call lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal "Call ducks"
    • v call get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone "I tried to call you all night","Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
    • v call order, request, or command to come "She was called into the director's office","Call the police!"
    • v call declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee "call a runner out"
    • v call challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense "He deserves to be called on that"
    • v call require the presentation of for redemption before maturation "Call a bond"
    • v call utter a sudden loud cry "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle","I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
    • v call make a prediction about; tell in advance "Call the outcome of an election"
    • v call ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality "He called me a bastard","She called her children lazy and ungrateful"
    • v call utter a characteristic note or cry "bluejays called to one another"
    • v call assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to "They named their son David","The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"
    • v call send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message "Hawaii is calling!","A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling"
    • v call read aloud to check for omissions or absentees "Call roll"
    • v call indicate a decision in regard to "call balls and strikes behind the plate"
    • v call give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
    • v call make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands "He called his trump"
    • v call demand payment of (a loan) "Call a loan"
    • v call call a meeting; invite or command to meet "The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'","The new dean calls meetings every week"
    • v call pay a brief visit "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"
    • v call make a stop in a harbour "The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"
    • v call greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name "He always addresses me with `Sir'","Call me Mister","She calls him by first name"
    • v call stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather "call a football game"
    • n call the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
    • n call (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee "he was ejected for protesting the call"
    • n call a visit in an official or professional capacity "the pastor's calls on his parishioners","the salesman's call on a customer"
    • n call a brief social visit "senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers","the characters in Henry James' novels are forever paying calls on each other, usually in the parlor of some residence"
    • n Call a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course "he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"
    • n call a telephone connection "she reported several anonymous calls","he placed a phone call to London","he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call"
    • n call an instruction that interrupts the program being executed "Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"
    • n call the characteristic sound produced by a bird "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"
    • n call a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
    • n call a request "many calls for Christmas stories","not many calls for buggywhips"
    • n call a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
    • n call a demand for a show of hands in a card game "after two raises there was a call"
    • n call a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sir Claude Scratch calls on Frizzle Frog Sir Claude Scratch calls on Frizzle Frog
GRANADA. Calle del Darro GRANADA. Calle del Darro
PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River and its tributaries PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River...
Close Call for Rosenbaum. 54 Close Call for Rosenbaum. 54
You Better Call It a Draw 147 You Better Call It a Draw 147

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a town in Texas called Ding Dong. In 1990, the population was only twenty-two people
    • Call 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."
    • Call (Hunting) A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.
    • Call (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.
    • Call A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal. "Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity.""Running into danger without any call of duty."
    • Call 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 ."
    • Call A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.
    • Call (Naut) A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.
    • Call (Eccl) An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
    • Call See Assessment, 4.
    • Call 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.""I rose as at thy call , but found thee not."
    • Call (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.
    • Call The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on.
    • Call To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant. "Call hither Clifford; bid him come amain"
    • Call To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name. "If you would but call me Rosalind.""And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night."
    • Call 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."
    • Call To invoke; to appeal to. "I call God for a witness."
    • Call 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."
    • Call To make a demand, requirement, or request. "They called for rooms, and he showed them one."
    • Call To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate. "What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common."
    • Call To rouse from sleep; to awaken. "If thou canst awake by four o' the clock.
      I prithee call me. Sleep hath seized me wholly."
    • Call To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of. "This speech calls him Spaniard."
    • Call To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; -- sometimes with to. "You must call to the nurse.""The angel of God called to Hagar."
    • Call 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."
    • Call 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""The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them."
    • Call 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."
    • Call Vocation; employment.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every continent has a city called Rome
    • call To utter in a loud voice; read over in a loud tone; hence, to pronounce or announce.
    • call To attract or demand the attention of (a person or an animal), or arouse, as from sleep, by loudly uttering his (its) name, or some other word or exclamation.
    • call To invite or command to come; summon to one's presence; send for: as, to call a messenger; to call a cab.
    • call To convoke; assemble; issue a summons for the assembling of: as, to call a meeting: often with together: as, the king called his council together.
    • call To name; apply to by way of name or designation.
    • call To designate or characterize as; state or affirm to be; reckon; consider.
    • call To indicate or point out as being; manifest, reckon, or suppose to be.
    • call To select, as for an office, a duty, or an employment; appoint: as, “Paul, … called to be an apostle,” Rom. i. 1.
    • call To invoke or appeal to.
    • call In shooting, to lure, as wild birds, within range by imitating their notes.
    • call To summon into service: as, to call out the militia.
    • call To elicit; bring into play; evoke.
    • call To bring into action or discussion: as, to call up a bill before a legislative body.
    • call To require payment of: as, to call up the sums still due on shares. Synonyms and Call, Invite, Bid, Convoke, Summon, assemble, convene. Call is generic, and applicable to summonses of all kinds. Invite is more formal, and in compliance with the requirements of courteous ceremony; bid in this sense is obsolete or poetic. Convoke, literally to call together, implies authority in the agent and an organization which is called into session or assembly: as, to convoke the Houses of Parliament. Summon implies authority in the summoner and usually formality in the method.
    • call and To designate, entitle, term, style.
    • call To make a sound designed (or as if designed) to attract attention; demand heed to one's wish, entreaty, etc.; shout; cry.
    • call To make a short stop or visit: followed by at, for, or on or upon: as, to call at a house or place, for a person or thing, or upon a person. (See phrases below.)
    • call In poker, to demand that the hands be shown.
    • call To make a stop or brief visit for the procurement of, as a thing, or the company of a person to another place.
    • call To pray to or worship; invoke: as, to call on the name of the Lord.
    • call To make a short visit to, as a person or a family, usually for a special purpose.
    • n call A loud cry; a shout.
    • n call An invocation or prayer.
    • n call Demand; requisition; claim, public or private: as, the calls of justice or humanity; to have many calls upon one's time.
    • n call Vocation; employment; calling.
    • n call Specifically A divine vocation or summons: as, the call of Abraham.
    • n call A summons or notice to assemble; a notice requiring attention or attendance: as, the president issued a call for a meeting to be held next week.
    • n call A specific invitation or request, as of a public body or society; particularly, the invitation presented by a congregation (or on their behalf) to a clergyman to become their pastor, or the document containing such an invitation.
    • n call An invitation or request (usually expressed by applause) to an actor to reappear on the scene, or to come before the curtain, to receive the acknowledgments of the audience.
    • n call Milit., a summons by bugle, pipe, or drum, for the soldiers to perform any duty: as, a bugle-call.
    • n call Nautical, a peculiar silver whistle or pipe used by the boatswain and his mates, whose special badge it is. It is used to attract attention to orders about to be given, and to direct the performance of duties by various strains or signals. In old times a gold call-and-chain was the badge of an admiral.
    • n call The cry or note of a bird.
    • n call In hunting: A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.
    • n call A pipe or whistle for imitating the notes of wild birds and thus luring them within range of the gun.
    • n call An assessment on the stockholders of a corporation or joint-stock company, or members of a mutual insurance company, usually for payment of instalments of their unpaid subscriptions, or for their promised contributions to pay losses.
    • n call A request that holders of bonds which have been drawn for redemption by a government or corporation will present them and receive payment of the principal sums mentioned in them, and whatever interest may then be due, no further interest being payable after the date named.
    • n call In the stock exchange, the privilege (secured by contract and for a consideration) of claiming or demanding and receiving a certain number of shares of some particular stock, at a specified price and within a stated period, or
    • n call the difference of value at the time of making the demand over that specified in the contract, if the price has risen; hence, the document it self. The following is a copy of the form commonly used: “New York, [date]. For value received, the bearer may call on me for [so many] shares of the common stock of [such and such a] Railroad Company, at [so much] per cent, any time within [so many] days from date. The bearer is entitled to all dividends or extra dividends declared during tilts time. Expires [date] at 1¾ P. M.”
    • n call Authority; command.
    • n call Occasion; cause; business; necessity: as, you had no call to be there.
    • n call A short visit: as, to make a call; to pay one a call.
    • n call In poker, a demand for a show-down; the show-down itself.
    • n call A brood of wild ducks.
    • n call An obsolete spelling of caul.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The markings that are found on dice are called "pips."
    • v.i Call kawl to cry aloud (with out; to, after, at, up, down): to make a short visit (with upon, for, at)
    • v.t Call to name: to summon: to appoint or proclaim: to designate or reckon: to select for a special office, as in 'called to be an apostle,' 'to be called to the bar:' (coll.) to call bad names to some one
    • n Call a summons or invitation: an impulse: a demand: a short visit: a shrill whistle: the cry of a bird: admission to the rank of barrister: an invitation to the pastorate of a congregation, also the written form of such with appended list of names of persons concurring:
    • n Call kawl (Spens.) a caul or cap.
    • n Call (coll.) occasion, cause
    • ***


  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “Whoever is in the distress can call me. I will come running wherever they are.”
  • Oliver Cromwell
    “I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.”
  • Rabindranath Tagore
    “What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”
  • J. August Strindberg
    “A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.”


Beck and call - Someone who does everything for you, no matter when you ask, is at your beck and call.
Call a spade a spade - A person who calls a spade a spade is one speaks frankly and makes little or no attempt to conceal their opinions or to spare the feelings of their audience.
Call it a day - If you call it a day, you stop doing something for a while, normally at least until the following day.
Call on the carpet - If you are called on the carpet, you are summoned for a reprimand by superiors or others in power.
Call the dogs off - If someone calls off their dogs, they stop attacking or criticising someone.
Call the shots - If you call the shots, you are in charge and tell people what to do.
Call the tune - The person who calls the tune makes the important decisions about something.
Call time - (UK) If you call time on something, you decide it is time to end it.
Close call - If the result of something is a close call, it is almost impossible to distinguish between the parties involved and to say who has won or whatever. It can also mean that you very nearly have a serious accident or get into trouble.
Come to call - If someone comes to call, they respond to an order or summons directly.
First port of call - The first place you stop to do something is your first port of call.
Pot calling the kettle black - If someone hypocritically criticises a person for something that they themselves do, then it is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
Wake-up call - A wake-up call is a warning of a threat or a challenge, especially when it means that people will have to change their behaviour to meet it.
Your call - If something is your call, it is up to you to make a decision on the matter.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. callen, AS. ceallian,; akin to Icel. & Sw. kalla, Dan. kalde, D. kallen, to talk, prate, OHG. kallōn, to call; cf. Gr. ghry`ein to speak, sing, Skr. gar, to praise. Cf. Garrulous


In literature:

He is called Peter, and you shall all be called Peter in future.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He calls himself and all call him a god, adding "eternal" even when the gods' end is glaringly at hand.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
He called her his Fannikin; and she in return called him her dear Daddy.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Comte called himself Saint-Simon's pupil.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
A few brave merchants come from the land called Cathay bearing silk and spices.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
And therefore it was called the Council Fire Star.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The host calls upon her soon after the event, and also calls upon his lady guests.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
They are called cystidia (singular, cystidium).
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
A longshoreman wouldn't have called a fishwife what I called you, you blessed child.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
What's this he called it?
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

In poetry:

Sleep, darling
I have a small
daughter called
Cleis, who is
"Cleis" by Sappho
If I ever catch him,
Lawd, have pity!
Calling me up
From Kansas City.
"Madam And The Phone Bill" by Langston Hughes
Silent devotions.
From treetops tall
soft twitters resound,
but not one call.
"In The Woods" by Eberhard Arnold
How is it I give ear to
lightning in a heaven of fear,
Do I call God
my every deed?
"O You, My Silent Sadness" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
Today the Savior calls:
For refuge fly;
The storm of justice falls,
And death is nigh.
"Today the Savior Calls" by Samuel Francis Smith
The Spirit calls today:
Yield to His power;
O grieve Him not away;
’Tis mercy’s hour.
"Today the Savior Calls" by Samuel Francis Smith

In news:

It can occur in any place where a tendon is located, but it is most common at the shoulders or heels, on the outside of the elbows, called tennis elbow, or on the inside of the elbows, called golfer's elbow.
Call it exciting, competitive, or thrilling — just don't call it ping pong.
45 pm Tuesday, Tayla Nicole Stewart called police to report harassing phone calls.
On his conference call, which just ended, DCCC Chair Rahm Emanuel called on US Rep John Sweeney, R-Clifton Park, to accept Assemblyman Richard Brodsky's invitation to testify about th Winter Congressional Challenge.
Police in Orem, Utah, say a man who thought he was getting a call from a burglar had actually gotten a call from his dog.
Oaisys, a provider of business call recording and contact center management solutions, today announced the general availability of Version 7.1 of its Talkument and Tracer call recording software.
Cope's Gray Treefrog and Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis and Hyla versicolor) Call: These two species are nearly identical in appearance and are best separated by their calls.
Call it a prediction, call it a hint, call it what you will.
Karl Hyde calls it a 'once-in-a-lifetime calling card'.
In America we'd call this "homoerotic," but in France it's called "Being French".
"I copyrighted this thing called The Cheesesteak Theater," George Martorano tells me during a conversation frequently interrupted by a succinct and monotone recording: "This call is from a federal prison.
Call Specter a Traitor, But Don't Call Him Unprincipled .
No word or courtesy call as to the disposition of the job until you call enough where they FINALLY tell you.
The transcripts of closed-door meetings show McCarthy manipulated his hearings by calling witnesses he could intimidate, and that he avoided calling those who were likely to oppose him.
The National Football League has reached an agreement with its referees' union aimed at ending the no-calls and blown calls by replacement referees that were infuriating fans, players, and Las Vegas odds makers.

In science:

An abelian variety over a field k is called simple if it has no proper nonzero subabelian varieties over k ; it is called absolutely simple (or geometrical ly simple ) if it is simple over the algebraic closure of k .
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
A subset H of a group G is called a subgroup of G if it forms a group under the multiplication of G restricted to H . A subgroup N of G is called a normal subgroup of G if gN g−1 ⊆ N for all g ∈ G, where gN g−1 := {gng−1 ∈ G : n ∈ N }.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
The edge eφ(i) is called free edge of αi . • α ⊆ HG is called weak fundamental system iff there are a connected hyph
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
Eq. (1) is for q = −1 called the canonical anticommutation relation (or fermionic relation) and for q = 0 is called the free relation.
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
This is called the regular splice diagram for the polynomial (since generic fibres are also called “regular”).
Rational polynomials of simple type