- the calling of a list of names, as of soldiers or students, for checking attendance.
- a military signal for this, as one given by a drum.
- 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.
Origin of roll call
First recorded in 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for roll call
Their new issue features a roll-call of the “50 most fascinating people in the country.”Tatler's 'Most Fascinating' List Names Pippa and Lupo
January 30, 2013
The officers were still unaware that Murphy was down as they began a roll-call procedure that is routine at shooting scenes.The Spirit of 9/11—From Brooklyn and India, Oak Creek Heroes Face Evil
August 7, 2012
There is nothing Senator DeMint can do to stop a full debate and roll-call vote on them.Iran-Contra's Scary Sequel
October 10, 2009
Ah, yes, he was old, and the roll-call of his kindred showed him pitiful gaps.The Scapegoat
Following the roll-call the usual order was the presentation of petitions.
Municipal and Presidential Suffrage were lost without a roll-call.
On the roll-call which followed the vote stood 25 ayes, one no.
One might try to be at roll-call on the day when crowns are distributed!The Man With The Broken Ear
- the reading aloud of an official list of names, those present responding when their names are read out
- the time or signal for such a reading
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Word Origin and History for roll call
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