call·back | \ˈkȯl-ˌbak \

Definition of callback 

1 : a return call

2a : recall sense 5

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 callbacks to the earlier matches, and the brilliant sequences of counters for counters, had me on the edge of my seat. Dan Gartland,, "The Week in Wrestling: The Young Bucks Bring New Heavyweight Status to ‘All In’," 20 June 2018 The sequel offers a lot of neat callbacks and payoffs but suffers from the same problem as much of its live-action ilk: New colorful heroes join the fray, mostly just to move the plot along rather than offer fun character development. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Fun-loving 'Incredibles 2' is worth the 14-year wait, but falls short of the original," 11 June 2018 In spite of all the in-jokes, callbacks, and payoffs for past setups, though, Infinity War does tell its own story. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "How casual MCU fans experienced Avengers: Infinity War," 15 May 2018 And the day before the final callback, my mom passed away. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "ASU alum Nick Cartell returns to Gammage as star of 'Les Miserables'," 15 May 2018 By the numbers, the highest achieving men received callbacks 16% of the time. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "What's Stopping Female Jobseekers From Landing Interviews? Their 'A' Grades, Says Study," 3 May 2018 Since JavaScript's use is so widespread, Omni's approach is a lot more flexible than x-callback-url. Jordan Mcmahon, WIRED, "How One Apple Programmer Got Apps Talking to Each Other," 2 June 2018 The movie features various callbacks to the previous films. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Ocean’s 8, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend," 12 June 2018 The most emotionally affecting moment in this week’s episode is a callback to the pilot, when Dolores and Peter Abernathy repeat a conversation about how Abernathy went from fearsome ne’er-do-well to folksy rancher. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 7 Recap: The Coward Dr. Ford," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of callback

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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