roll call


Definition of roll call

1 : the act or an instance of calling off a list of names (as for checking attendance) also : a time for a roll call

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Examples of roll call in a Sentence

Two students missed roll call. the roll call of the fallen was read aloud at the memorial service

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Two of the current chairs sided with the mayor on 93% of divided council roll call votes from 2017 to 2018 — and those are the most independent voting records of any of the committee leaders. Mick Dumke, ProPublica, "At Chicago’s City Council, Committees Are Used to Reward Political Favors and Fund Patronage," 15 May 2019 Last Wednesday in an effort to draw attention to the border issue, Roy stalled the House’s consideration of $1 trillion in federal spending by requiring debate and a roll call vote on each of more than 100 amendments. Matthew Adams, Dallas News, "Rep. Chip Roy steps up demands for border security funding sought by Trump," 18 June 2019 Opponents of the amendment have requested a formal roll call vote, however, which could take place today. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "House Democrats move to block part of Trump’s fetal tissue policy," 13 June 2019 Daily schedules are regimented, starting at 7 a.m., followed by roll call. Washington Post, "Japan’s bare detention center holds many without convictions," 10 June 2019 King Midas, the prophet Daniel, Queen Esther, the historian Herodotus, and the conqueror Alexander the Great are all on the roll call of those who traveled along it. National Geographic, "10 ancient highways around the world," 3 Apr. 2019 In the Senate, the next roll call votes are expected Wednesday afternoon, but a time has not been set. Seattle Times News Services, The Seattle Times, "Nation to pause in honor of former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday," 3 Dec. 2018 History suggests this is unlikely in modern times, but if no one claims a majority, the roll call would be repeated until someone did. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "How Can Nancy Pelosi Become Speaker? Five Questions and Answers," 21 Nov. 2018 They were joined by Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., who missed the earlier roll call. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of roll call

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of roll call was in 1763

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English Language Learners Definition of roll call

: the act of saying each of the names on a list to find out who is present
: a list of people or things

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Legal Definition of roll call

: the act or an instance of calling off a list of names (as for checking attendance) specifically : an act or instance of calling the roll of a legislative body to determine if there is a quorum or to vote on a matter

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