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At call Explained

At call at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Call \Call\, n.
1. 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. --Milton.

2. A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon
soldiers or sailors to duty.

3. (Eccl.) An invitation to take charge of or serve a church
as its pastor.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Vocation; employment.

Note: [In this sense, calling is generally used.]

7. 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. --Cowper.

8. (Hunting) A note blown on the horn to encourage the

9. (Naut.) A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his
mate, to summon the sailors to duty.

10. (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.

11. (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.

12. The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or
any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain
time agreed on. [Brokers' Cant]

13. See {Assessment}, 4.

{At call}, or {On call}, liable to be demanded at any moment
without previous notice; as money on deposit.

{Call bird}, a bird taught to allure others into a snare.

{Call boy}
(a) 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.
(b) A waiting boy who answers a cal, or cames at the
ringing of a bell; a bell boy.

{Call note}, the note naturally used by the male bird to call
the female. It is artificially applied by birdcatchers as
a decoy. --Latham.

{Call of the house} (Legislative Bodies), 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.

at call at English (WD) Of Explained:


Prepositional phrase

Inter: en-PP » at call
  • Inter: obsolet » e available when requested

    See also

    * on call
  • at someone's beck and call