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roll call

noun
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.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75
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British Dictionary definitions for roll-call

roll call

noun
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

roll call

n.

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

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