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roll call

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  1. the calling of a list of names, as of soldiers or students, for checking attendance.
  2. a military signal for this, as one given by a drum.
  3. a voting process, especially in the U.S. Congress, in which legislators are called on by name and allowed either to cast their vote or to abstain.
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Origin of roll call

First recorded in 1765–75
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roll call

  1. the reading aloud of an official list of names, those present responding when their names are read out
  2. the time or signal for such a reading
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Word Origin and History for roll call


1775, from roll (n.) "list of names used to determine who is present" (a sense attested from 1590s) + call (v.).

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