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Call appears in the following tongue twister:

  • V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
    [carves V into poster on wall]
    V: The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
    [giggles]
    V: Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
    (from the screenplay of the movie "V for Vendetta", at the beginning, when V meets Evie for the first time)

Call appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Amen, I call a cinema.
  • Pull a cilia tail I call up.
  • Al lets Della call Ed, Stella.
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Usage statistics for the noun call:

conversational speech31.46%task-oriented speech68.54%
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Call is sometimes a misspelling of called or could.

The word call is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun call

What does call mean as a name of something?

Call is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • call: calls
  • Call: -

  1. a telephone connection
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of call: phone call / telephone call
    • more generic words: telephone / telephony = transmitting speech at a distance
    • more specific terms:
      • call-back = a return call
      • collect call = a telephone call that the receiving party is asked to pay for
      • call-in = a telephone call to a radio station or a television station in which the caller participates in the on-going program
      • crank call = a hostile telephone call
      • local call = a telephone call made within a local calling area
      • long-distance call / long distance / trunk call = a telephone call made outside the local calling area
      • conference call = a telephone call in which more than two people participate
      • wake-up call = a telephone call that you request be made a specific time in order to wake you up at that time
  2. a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
    • example: he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: disposition / inclination / tendency = an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
  3. a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  4. a demand especially in the phrase
    • example: the call of duty
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of call: claim
    • more generic word: demand = an urgent or peremptory request
  5. the characteristic sound produced by a bird
  6. a brief social visit
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: visit = the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time
  7. a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
  8. a demand for a show of hands in a card game
    • example: after two raises there was a call
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: demand = an urgent or peremptory request
    • part of: card game / cards = a game played with playing cards
  9. a request
    • examples: many calls for Christmas stories | not many calls for buggywhips
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: asking / request = the verbal act of requesting
    • more specific word: recall = a call to return
  10. an instruction that interrupts the program being executed
  11. a visit in an official or professional capacity
    • examples: the pastor's calls on his parishioners | the salesman's call on a customer
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: visit = the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity
    • more specific word: round = a series of professional calls
  12. (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
  13. the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of call: call option
    • more generic word: option = the right to buy or sell property at an agreed price
    • part of: span / straddle = the act of sitting or standing astride

Alternative definition of the noun call

noun

  1. A telephone conversation.
  2. A social visit.
  3. A cry or shout.
  4. A decision or judgement.
  5. The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal.
  6. A beckoning or summoning.
  7. [finance] An option to buy stock at a specified price during or at a specified time.
  8. [cricket] The act of calling to the other batsman.
  9. [cricket] The state of being the batsman whose role it is to call (depends on where the ball goes.)
  10. A work shift which requires one to be available when requested (see on call).
  11. [computing] The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the point.
  12. A statement of a particular state, or rule, made in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.
  13. [poker] The act of matching a bet made by a player who has previously bet in the same round of betting.

Specialised definition of the noun call

Glossary of sports

a decision made by a referee (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a declaration made during a game, e.g. the choice of heads or tails when a coin is tossed (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb call

What does call mean as a doing word?

Call is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: called | calling | calls

  1. assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
    • example: They call him "Bobby"
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]The captain baptized the ship
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate]The captain named the ship Seafarer

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): decree, dub, make, pronounce, rename, rule, stamp, term, vote.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of call: be known as / know as / name
    • more generic word: label = assign a label to
    • more specific words:
  2. ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality
    • examples: He called me a bastard | She called her children lazy and ungrateful
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: label = assign a label to
    • more specific words:
  3. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
    • examples: I tried to call you all night | Take two aspirin and call me in the morning | Sam cannot call Sue | They call
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • domain: telephone / telephony
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of call: call up / phone / ring / telephone
    • more generic word: telecommunicate = communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
    • more specific terms:
    • entailment: dial = operate a dial to select a telephone number
  4. utter a sudden loud cry
  5. order, request, or command to come
    • examples: She was called into the director's office | Call the police! | Sam cannot call Sue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dressVerbs of Change of Possession: attain, book, buy, catch, charter, choose, conserve, find, gather, hire, lease, order, phone, pick, pluck, procure, pull, reach, rent, reserve, shoot, slaughter, vote, win
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He ordered JohnOrder Verbs: allow, beseech, invite, need, okay, permit, summon, want
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]He ordered John to eat his sloth
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of call: send for
    • more generic words: enjoin / order / say / tell = give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    • more specific terms:
  6. pay a brief visit
    • example: The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of call: call in / visit
    • more generic terms: get together / meet = get together socially or for a specific purpose
    • more specific terms:
      • see = go to see for professional or business reasons
      • see = go to see for a social visit
      • come by / drop by / drop in = visit informally and spontaneously
  7. call a meeting; invite or command to meet
  8. read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
    • example: Call roll
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: read = look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
  9. send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message
    • examples: Hawaii is calling! | A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling
    • domain: telecom / telecommunication
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: telecommunicate = communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
  10. utter a characteristic note or cry
  11. stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
  12. greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
    • examples: Call me Mister | She calls him by first name
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of call: address
    • more generic terms: address / turn to = speak to
  13. make a stop in a harbour
    • example: The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: stop / stop over = interrupt a trip
  14. demand payment of (a loan)
    • example: Call a loan
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of call: call in
    • more generic words: demand / exact = claim as due or just
  15. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
    • example: He called his trump
    • domain: card game / cards
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of call: bid
    • more generic word: play = participate in games or sport
    • more specific words:
      • raise = bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
      • double = bridge: make a demand for
      • outcall = make a higher bid than
      • underbid = bid (a hand of cards) at less than the strength of the hand warrants
      • outbid = bid over an opponent's bid when one's partner has not bid or doubled
      • overbid = to bid for more tricks than one can expect to win,
      • preempt = make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge
  16. give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
  17. indicate a decision in regard to
    • example: call balls and strikes behind the plate
    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: indicate = to state or express briefly
  18. make a prediction about; tell in advance
  19. require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
    • example: Call a bond
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: ask / expect / require = consider obligatory
  20. challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense
    • examples: He deserves to be called on that | Sam cannot call Sue
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: challenge / dispute / gainsay = take exception to
  21. declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
    • example: call a runner out
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: adjudge / declare / hold = declare to be
  22. lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
    • example: Call ducks
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: entice / lure / tempt = provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
  23. order or request or give a command for
    • example: The unions called a general strike for Sunday
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 5
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: order = make a request for something
  24. order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role
    • examples: He was already called 4 times for jury duty | They called him to active military duty
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: hit up / request = ask (a person) to do something
  25. utter in a loud voice or announce
    • examples: He called my name | The auctioneer called the bids
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan whispered
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered the news/a few words to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Ellen warned how to avoid the crowd | Susan whispered how to avoid the crowd
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan whispered about the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered for me to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic]Susan whispered to Rachel, 'Leave the room.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered to Rachel to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Susan whispered to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Susan whispered to Rachel how to avoid the crowd

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): babble, bark, bawl, bellow, blare, bleat, bluster, boom, bray, burble, cackle, carol, chant, chatter, chirp, cluck, coo, croak, croon, crow, cry, drawl, drone, gabble, gibber, groan, growl, grumble, grunt, gurgle, hiss, holler, hoot, howl, hum, jabber, lilt, lisp, moan, mumble, murmur, mutter, natter, prattle, purr, quaver, rage, rant, rasp, roar, rumble, scream, screech, shout, shriek, simper, sing, snap, snarl, snuffle, splutter, squall, squawk, squeak, squeal, stammer, stemmer, stutter, thunder, trill, trumpet, twitter, vociferate, wail, warble, wheeze, whimper, whine, whisper, whistle, whoop, yammer, yap, yell, yelp, yodel.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic terms: emit / let loose / let out / utter = express audibly
  26. challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
    • example: call the speaker on a question of fact
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: challenge / dispute / gainsay = take exception to
  27. consider or regard as being
    • example: I would not call her beautiful
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: consider / reckon / regard / see / view = deem to be
  28. rouse somebody from sleep with a call

Specialised definition of the verb call

Glossary of sports

to make an official decision in a sporting event or a game (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to postpone or stop a sporting event because of bad weather or other unsuitable conditions (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to commentate on radio or television on a sporting event, especially a horse race (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Film

"Call" a.k.a. "Trapped" is a 2002 American-German crime thriller film starring Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning, and Pruitt Taylor Vince, and is directed by Luis Mandoki. It was released on September 20, 2002. The film is based on Greg Iles' bestselling novel.

Music

  1. "call" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  2. "CALL" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "call" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "call" is a musical single of Hideaki Tokunaga.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  5. "CALL" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  6. "call" is a musical single of Off Course.
    • released on (29 years ago)
  7. "Call" is a musical single of Lasertom.
    • released on
  8. "Call" is a musical album of Sakanoue Yosuke.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  9. "Call" is a musical album of The Lightning Bug Situation.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  10. "call" is a composition.

Groups

  1. Call is a band from Lahore, Pakistan, formed by Zulfiqar J. Khan, Danish J. Khan, Khurram J. Khan and Omer Pervaiz. In 1996, the band's guitarist, Omer Pervaiz left to concentrate on his solo project, Naqsh and the band bassist, Shahzad Hameed, left to pursuit his own solo project. Ahsan Fida Khan and Faisal Murtaza recruited their places.
  2. Call ist eine deutsch-österreichische Band um den Komponisten Dietmar Percht.

There are other groups with in their name, like One Call, Close Call, First Call, Last Call!, Silent call, Syrens Call, The 99 Call, The Call Up, The Call-Up, Wisdom Call, A Close Call, Call To Mind, Freedom Call, I Call Fives, Call for Riot, Call It Arson, Call Off Sick, Call the Cops, Call&response.

Place

Call a.k.a. Call, Texas: Call is an unincorporated community in central Newton County, Texas, United States. It lies along State Highway 87 south of the city of Newton, the county seat of Newton County. Its elevation is 95 feet, and it is located at 30°36′45″N 93°52′28″W / 30.61250°N 93.87444°W. Although Call is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 75933.

Miscellanea

Call a.k.a. The Call was an American TV business program on CNBC, aired from 11AM to 12 noon ET weekdays. Previous programs shown in the same time slot were The Money Wheel with Ted David and Martha MacCallum and Market Watch and Morning Call.

Phrases with Call

Phrases starting with the word Call:

  1. Call'd
  2. call at
  3. call in
  4. call on
  5. call up
  6. call-in
  7. call box
  8. call for
  9. call off
  10. call out
  11. call-out
  12. call back
  13. Call Date
  14. call down
  15. call fire

Phrases ending with the word Call:

  1. At Call
  2. On Call
  3. to call
  4. Ass Call
  5. Butt Call

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Call

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Google previewFolens Dictionary (1999)

by Fred McDonald

[Calico is named after Calicut, a town in India from which the material was sent abroad | call noun calls 1 A call is a shout.

Google previewSasol Southern African Birds (1995)

A Photographic Guide

The call is a long series of short 'tsips' and the song is a fast warbling. Very active and aggressive, the Marico Sunbird will not hesitate to chase other birds away from a food source or breeding area. This species occurs in dry woodland and ...

Google previewThe Wildlife Trusts Handbook of Garden Wildlife (2008)

by Nicholas Hammond

Voice Call is a soft, rather melancholic fluted whistle. Habitat Breeds in mixed woodland, parks, large gardens and churchyards. Feeds in orchards, hedges and gardens. Food/habits Buds and seeds are the main food, and the bullfinch's ...

Google previewThe Complete Guide to Option Strategies (2009)

Advanced and Basic Strategies on Stocks, ETFs, Indexes and Stock Index Futures by Michael Mullaney

Selling a covered call means you can benefit from time decay and/or volatility contraction while you wait for the next move...

Google previewField Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe (2006)

by Michael Eppinger

Voice: The alarm call is a humming 'zerrrr' or a harsh 'tit-tit-tit';. Warbling song mixed with trills can also be heard in winter. DiSTribution: Coniferous and mixed forests, lowland forests with plenty ot undergrowth, parks and gardens with thick ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary of Information Technology (1985)

by Dennis Longley, Michael Shain

call (1) In computer programming, the action of bringing a program, routine or subroutine into effect, usually by specifying the entry conditions and jumping ...

Google previewHawkins' electrical dictionary (1910)

a cyclopedia of words, terms, phrases and data used in the electric arts, trades and sciences by Nehemiah Hawkins

Call Bell, Electric. — 1. Any bell rung by electrical contact, usually upon pushing a button. 2. The electric bell which summons a telephone subscriber to answer the call. Calling Circuit. — In a telephone system, the circuit which includes the ...

Google previewDictionary of Finance, Investment and Banking (2016)

by E. Banks

CALAMITY CALL A provision in a COLLATERALIZED MORTGAGE OBLIGATION requiring a portion of the issue to be retired if PREPAYMENTS rise to a level where insufficient CASH FLOW exists to meet payments of PRINCIPAL and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Alternative Investments (2008)

by Greg N. Gregoriou

Profit/loss Out of the In the At the Money Money Money Premium 0 −Premium Exercise price Break-even point Holder Writer Market price Relationship between European and American Style Call Options European Style.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Finance (2006)

by Cheng-Few Lee

Abstract A call auction is an order driven facility which, in contrast with continuous trading, batches multiple orders...

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Usage statistics about call

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun call:

conversational speech31.46%task-oriented speech68.54%

Usage statistics for the verb call:

spoken English55.15%written English44.85% conversational speech44.08%task-oriented speech55.92% imaginative writing58.1%informational writing41.9%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun call:

birdsongyelloutcryshoutcrysongcallclaim

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb call:

yellbidtelephoneanticipatescreamphonepredictshoutnameaddresscrypromiseringvisitcall

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Quotes about Call

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. (Jane Howard)
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Scrabble value of C3A1L1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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