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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Instead, girls and chaperones are instructed to gather in safe zones – large, open fields — where roll call is taken., "At the base of a canyon, every fire season can be a gamble," 23 July 2019 Republicans generally opposed the measure in a committee vote last month and aren’t expected to supply many votes in a roll call expected Friday. Washington Post, "House Democrats move to pass a trimmed defense bill," 12 July 2019 When Lawrence reached Guidry Stadium, where all the college quarterback counselors dropped off their groups of campers for roll call, our interview was interrupted by a swarm of requests for selfies. Kalyn Kahler,, "Trevor Lawrence Becoming More Comfortable With His Newfound Fame," 11 July 2019 When first launched, CourseKey made a simple software tool that allowed professors to take attendance without a manual roll call. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "24-year-old SDSU grad raises $5 million for college startup CourseKey," 30 July 2019 The legislation was passed on a calling of the yeas and nays rather than a roll call vote. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Rep. Slotkin's bill to provide adequate food, water to border detainees approved," 25 July 2019 Among the demands in the letter, Kennedy asked that the city reverse Fitzgerald's termination pending a public hearing and that the City Council hold a roll call vote on whether he should be fired. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "Former Fort Worth police chief's firing was 'invalid,' attorney claims," 11 July 2019 Even so, the roll call also showed that the number of Democrats open to impeachment remains substantial and may be growing. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Denver Post, "House blocks maverick Democrat’s Trump impeachment effort," 17 July 2019 Brownies, edible cookie dough and mini cinnamon rolls called Baby Buns round out the menu. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Vegan cinnamon rolls are coming to metro Phoenix. Here's when you can get one for $1," 8 July 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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