Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
ceallian; akin to Icel. & Sw.
kallento talk, prate, OHG.
kallōnto call; cf. Gr.
γηρύεινto speak, sing, Skr.
garto praise. Cf.
To command or request to come or be present; to summon;
Callhither Clifford; bid him come amain
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; sometimes, to invite;
calledto the ministry
calla minister to be the pastor of a church
Paul . . .
calledto be an apostle
Rom. i. 1.
The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have
Acts xiii. 2.
To invite or command to meet; to convoke; – often with together;
as, the President; to appoint and summon;
calla meeting of the Board of Aldermen
callwe our high court of Parliament.
To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name.
If you would but
calledthe light Day, and the darkness he
Gen. i. 5.
To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.
What God hath cleansed, that
callnot thou common.
Acts x. 15.
To state, or estimate, approximately or loosely; to characterize without strict regard to fact;
callthe distance ten miles; he
calledit a full day’s work
[The] army is
calledseven hundred thousand men.
To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of.
Beau. & Fl.
To utter in a loud or distinct voice; – often with off;
call off, the items of an account; to
callthe roll of a military company
No parish clerk who
callsthe psalm so clear.
To invoke; to appeal to.
callGod for a witness.
2 Cor. i. 23 [Rev. Ver. ]
To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
If thou canst awake by four o' the clock.
callme. Sleep hath seized me wholly.
Syn. – To name; denominate; invite; bid; summon; convoke; assemble; collect; exhort; warn; proclaim; invoke; appeal to; designate.–
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.
To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; – sometimes with to.
callto the nurse.
The angel of God
Gen. xxi. 17.
To make a demand, requirement, or request.
calledfor rooms, and he showed them one.
To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders.
He ordered her to
callat the house once a week.
To call for
To demand; to require;
as, a crime.
calls forpunishment; a survey, grant, or deed
calls forthe 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.”
To call on,
To call upon
To make a short visit to;
call ona friend
To appeal to; to invite; to request earnestly;
to call upona person to make a speech
To solicit payment, or make a demand, of a debt.
To invoke or play to; to worship;–
to call uponGod
To call out
To call or utter loudly; to brawl.
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;“Call of the trumpet.”
callfor help; the bugle's
I rose as at thy
call, but found thee not.
A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.
An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal.
Dependence is a perpetual
Running into danger without any
A divine vocation or summons.
St. Paul himself believed he did well, and that he had a
callto it, when he persecuted the Christians.
[In this sense, calling is generally used.]
A short visit;
as, to make a; also, the daily coming of a tradesman to solicit orders.
callon a neighbor
The baker's punctual
A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.
A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.
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.
(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.
The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on.
At call, or
liable to be demanded at any moment without previous notice; as money on deposit.–
a bird taught to allure others into a snare.–
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.–
the note naturally used by the male bird to call the female. It is artificially applied by birdcatchers as a decoy.
Call of the house
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.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To name; to denominate or give a name. And God called the light day, and the darkness he called night. Gen. 1.
2.To convoke; to summon; to direct or order to meet; to assemble by order or public notice; often with together; as, the king called his council together; the president called together the congress.
3.To request to meet or come.
He sent his servants to call them that were bidden. Math. 22.
Because I have called and ye refused. Prov. 1.
5.To invite or summon to come or be present; to invite, or collect.
Call all your senses to you.
6.To give notice to come by authority; to command to come; as, call a servant.
7.To proclaim; to name, or publish the name.
Nor parish clerk, who calls the psalm so clear.
8.To appoint or designate, as for an office, duty or employment.
See, I have called by name Bezaleel. Ex. 31.
Paul called to be an apostle. Rom. 1.
9.To invite; to warn; to exhort. Is. 22:12.
10.To invite or draw into union with Christ; to bring to know, believe and obey the gospel. Rev. 8:28
11.To own and acknowledge. Heb. 2:11.
12.To invoke or appeal to.
I call God for a record. 2 Cor. 1.
13.To esteem or account. Is. 47:5. Mat. 3:15.
To call down, to invite, or to bring down.
To call back, to revoke, or retract; to recall; to summon or bring back.
To call for, to demand, require or claim, as a crime calls for punishment; or to cause to grow. Ezek. 36. Also, to speak for; to ask; to request; as, to call for a dinner.
To call in, to collect, as to call in debts or money; or to draw from circulation, as to call in clipped coin; or to summon together; to invite to come together; as, to call in neighbors or friends.
To call forth, to bring or summon to action; as, to call forth all the faculties of the mind.
To call off, to summon away; to divert; as, to call off the attention; to call off workmen from their employment.
To call up, to bring into view or recollection; as, to call u the image of a deceased friend; also, to bring into action, or discussion; as, to call up a bill before a legislative body.
To call over, to read a list, name by name; to recite separate particulars in order, as a roll of names.
To call out, to summon to fight; to challenge; also, to summon into service; as, to call out the militia.
To call to mind, to recollect; to revive in memory.
1.To utter a loud sound, or to address by name; to utter the name; sometimes with to.
The angel of God called to Hagar. Gen. 21.
2.To stop, without intention of staying; to make a short stop; as, to call at the inn. This use Johnson supposes to have originated in the custom of denoting ones presence at the door by a call. It is common, in this phrase, to use at, as to call at the inn; or on, as to call on a friend. This application seems to be equivalent to speak, D. Kallen. Let us speak at this place.
To call on, to make a short visit to; also, to solicit payment, or make a demand of a debt. In a theological sense, to pray to or worship; as, to call on the name of the Lord. Gen. 4. To repeat solemnly.
To call out, to utter a loud voice; to bawl; a popular use of the phrase.
1.A vocal address, of summons or invitation; as, he will not come at a call.
2.Demand; requisition; public claim; as, listen to the calls of justice or humanity.
3.Divine vocation, or summons; as the call of Abraham.
4.Invitation; request of a public body or society; as, a clergyman has a call to settle in the ministry.
5.A summons from heaven; impulse.
St. Paul believed he had a call, when he persecuted the Christians.
7.A short visit; as, to make a call; to give one a call that is, a speaking to; D. Kallen. To give one a call, is to stop a moment and speak or say a word; or to have a short conversation with.
8.Vocation; employment. In this sense calling is generally used.
9.A naming; a nomination.
10.Among hunters, a lesson blown on the horn, to comfort the hounds.
11.Among seamen, a whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to their duty.
12.The English name of the mineral called by the Germans tungsten or wolfram.
13.Among fowlers, the noise or cry of a fowl, or a pipe to call birds by imitating their voice.
14.In legislative bodies, the call of the house, is a calling over the names of the members, to discover who is absent or for other purpose; a calling of names with a view to obtain answers from the person named.