roll call

noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web There still may be some tense moments during the roll call vote, which will take longer than usual and extend into the evening due to procedures in place because of the pandemic. Billy House, BostonGlobe.com, "Nancy Pelosi again runs for speaker of the House, but now with a slimmer majority and restive Democrats," 3 Jan. 2021 Lawmakers, however, agreed to an immediate roll call Friday once the filibuster threat was stopped. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, "In a first, Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill," 1 Jan. 2021 Lawmakers, however, agreed to an immediate roll call Friday once the filibuster threat was stopped. Matthew Daly, ajc, "Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill," 1 Jan. 2021 Lawmakers, however, agreed to an immediate roll call Friday once the filibuster threat was stopped. Arkansas Online, "Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill," 1 Jan. 2021 House lawmakers left town Monday night, which means the extra funding could only pass by unanimous consent and not a roll call vote. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Democrats dare GOP to block $2,000 stimulus checks in Christmas Eve vote," 23 Dec. 2020 If no senator objects to Waller’s confirmation, he could be approved without a roll call vote. Erik Wasson, Bloomberg.com, "Senate Takes First Step to Vote on Shelton Fed Confirmation," 12 Nov. 2020 The meeting starts at 9 a.m. EST with roll call, followed by a short presentation by the FDA. Stat Staff, STAT, "FDA advisory panel endorses Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, clearing way for authorization," 17 Dec. 2020 Stay current on openings and closings with our restaurant roll call. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "18 recent restaurant and takeout-kitchen openings in the Twin Cities," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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“Roll call.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roll%20call. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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roll call

noun

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

roll call

noun

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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