Woman making a telephone call (1964).



  • A telephone conversation; a phone call.
  • An instance of calling someone on the telephone.
  • A short visit, usually for social purposes.
  • A visit by a ship or boat to a port.
  • A cry or shout.
  • A decision or judgement.
  • The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal.
  • A beckoning or summoning.
  • The right to speak at a given time during a debate or other public event; the floor.
  • The act of calling to the other batsman.
  • 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).
  • The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the original point.
  • A statement of a particular state, or rule, made in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.
  • The act of matching a bet made by a player who has previously bet in the same round of betting.
  • A note blown on the horn to encourage the dogs in a hunt.
  • A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate to summon the sailors to duty.
  • A pipe or other instrument to call birds or animals by imitating their note or cry. A game call.
  • An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
  • Vocation; employment; calling.
  • 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.
  • A meeting with a client for paid sex; hookup; job.
  • A lawyer who was called to the Bar (became licensed as a lawyer) in a specified year.


  • To visit.
  • Direct or indirect use of the voice.
  • To require, demand.
  • To lay claim to an object or role which is up for grabs.
  • To announce the early extinction of a debt by prepayment, usually at a premium.
  • To demand repayment of a loan.
  • To jump to (another part of a program) to perform some operation, returning to the original point on completion.


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  • From Middle English callen, from Old English ceallian and Old Norse kalla; both from Proto-Germanic *kalzōną, from Proto-Indo-European *gal(o)s-, *glōs-, *golH-so-. Cognate with Scots call, caw, ca, Dutch kallen, German dialectal kallen, Swedish kalla, Norwegian kalle, Icelandic kalla, Welsh galw, Polish głos, Lithuanian gal̃sas, Russian голос, Albanian gjuhë ("language, tongue").

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