call sign

noun

Definition of call sign

: the combination of identifying letters, letters and numbers, or words assigned to an operator, office, activity, vehicle, or station for use in communication (as in the address of a message sent by radio)

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For identification, Hague, call sign EV-1, is wearing a suit with red stripes using helmet camera No. William Harwood, CBS News, "Space station gets a new docking port in key upgrade for Boeing and SpaceX visits – live stream," 21 Aug. 2019 Stevens was awarded the Bronze Star for his work helping to decode a particularly difficult Japanese radio call sign. oregonlive, "John Paul Stevens, longtime leader of Supreme Court’s liberal wing, dies at 99," 16 July 2019 National Lampoon’s Vacation Leave it to Dustin to come up with the most perfect call signs in a time of crisis. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The best '80s pop culture references in Stranger Things season 3," 6 July 2019 Marsala said the boys initially considered the call sign WLTH. Jesse Wright, chicagotribune.com, "Former DJs, managers help celebrate 50 years of high school radio station WLTL," 22 Apr. 2018 She was even given an official call sign, a nickname used by mission control when talking to their talent. Alyson Krueger, Teen Vogue, "17-Year-Old Alyssa Carson Wants to Be the First Person on Mars," 21 Mar. 2018 Most of them ran up and down the frequencies on two bands, using KZ1M as a call sign for the operation. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Ham Radio Operators Practice For Emergencies," 8 July 2019 National Lampoon’s Vacation Leave it to Dustin to come up with the most perfect call signs in a time of crisis. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The best '80s pop culture references in Stranger Things season 3," 6 July 2019 The crew members of the refueling aircraft were based at Iwakuni air station near Hiroshima as part of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, whose call sign is Sumo. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "5 missing Marines declared dead in warplanes crash off Japan," 11 Dec. 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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call sign

noun

English Language Learners Definition of call sign

: a combination of letters and numbers that is used to identify someone or something in a radio broadcast

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