call number


Definition of call number

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

Examples of call number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While call numbers have shot through the roof, call centres are closing. The Economist, "Customer service Britain’s call centres are overwhelmed and overhauling how they work," 4 Apr. 2020 The video presentations, meeting dates, call numbers and pass codes are posted on Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lots of new Wisconsin fishing regulations take effect April 1. Here's what you need to know.," 28 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of call number

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Call number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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