call·​back | \ ˈkȯl-ˌbak How to pronounce callback (audio) \

Definition of callback

1 : a return call
b : a recall of an employee to work after a layoff
c : a second or additional audition for a theatrical part

Examples of callback in a Sentence

She got constant callbacks from the salesman even after she asked him to stop calling. With the latest callback, the factory will employ 30,000 workers. If he used better materials, he wouldn't have so many callbacks.
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The lens is a callback to one released way back in 1977, the AI Noct-NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Nikon strikes back at Sony with first full-frame mirrorless cameras," 23 Aug. 2018 The second is a jokey callback to the dimension-jumping aspect of the movie. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: the movie’s 2 post-credits scenes, explained," 15 Dec. 2018 According to Autostraddle, the book also makes several callbacks to the original movie so there will be plenty for old fans to enjoy while reading it. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Hocus Pocus"' New YA Sequel Has a Lesbian Couple and It's Everything," 25 July 2018 Stiller’s Cohen is an ongoing callback to a Meet the Parents/Cohen-Mueller lie detector gag in April — Stiller’s counterpart, Robert De Niro, made his second appearance in a recent cold open. Rachel Withers, Vox, "On SNL’s cold open, Trump is jealous of Putin and MBS’s budding bromance," 2 Dec. 2018 Internet reliability is a potential problem, as is the need to transmit accurate location data and a callback number to emergency call takers, emergency communications professionals say. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Alexa Can Do Many Things But Won’t Call 911," 6 Nov. 2018 Leonardo DiCaprio's ex-girlfriend, Victoria's Secret model Toni Garrn, was all smiles in New York City while attending a callback for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018. Fox News, "Stars without the warpaint," 16 Sep. 2018 The trailer ends with a Saurian crewmember (a TOS callback) in a turbolift, as Pike, Burnham, Saru and two others also step in. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 trailer will resonate with TOS fans," 24 July 2018 That sort of pop-culture callback (hey, Cyrano de Bergerac was a hit in 1897) shows up all over the history of the romcom. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s totally delightful Set It Up proves just how durable the romcom formula is," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of callback

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of callback

: a return telephone call
: a call for employees to come back to work
: a request to a worker to come back and fix problems

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