call number


Definition of call number

: a combination of characters assigned to a library book to indicate its place on a shelf

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Recent Examples on the Web Extra cleaning was done in the school on both Monday and Tuesday nights (Jan. 27 and 28) by the cleaning staff as the call numbers began increasing. cleveland, "Bay Village school takes a break amidst increasing student illnesses," 3 Feb. 2020 The massive auction isn't just about calling numbers like other sales. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "How do they do that? A Barrett-Jackson auctioneer's tips for talking and selling fast," 19 Jan. 2020 The call number on the card matched a number written on the spine of each book. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 Decimal points divided different sections of the call number. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 This goes on for two months, until the women get hold of a Kurdistan phone book and start calling numbers at random. Deborah Campbell, New York Times, "Like a Schindler for Iraq, This Unlikely War Hero Freed Women From ISIS," 27 Apr. 2018 Members pay a small fee and are given an on-call number staffed by a volunteer. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Doris B. Steinberg, 87, founder of East Falls Village to help seniors," 21 Dec. 2017 The callers also are cold-calling numbers in various cities. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "FBI: Hang up if you get a call from a woman screaming for help," 17 Oct. 2017 While those law-abiding companies avoid calling numbers on the registry, Diane and her ilk blithely ignore the rules. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Phoning It In: Unwanted Calls Are No. 1 Complaint With FTC," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of call number

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of call number was in 1876

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7 Feb 2020

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“Call number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of call number

: a combination of numbers and letters that is used to show where a book is located in a library

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