(A ). A “divine” summons or invitation, as “a call to the ministry.”
(A). A bird trained as a decoy.
(The). A boy employed in theatres to “call” or summon actors, when it is time for them to make their appearance on the stage.
The invitation or command of God to Abraham, to leave his idolatrous country, under the promise of being made a great nation.
An invitation, exhortation, or warning, by the dispensations of Providence (Isa. xxii. 12); divine influence on the mind to do or avoid something (Heb. iii. 1).
An imperative summons sent to every Member of Parliament to attend. This is done when the sense of the whole House is required. At the muster the names of the members are called over, and defaulters reported.
(To). To summon to prepare for battle. “Ad arma vocare. ”
The admission of a law student to the privileges of a barrister. The names of those qualified are called over. (See page 94, col. 1, Bar.)
An invitation to a minister by the members of a Presbyterian or Nonconformist church to preside over a certain congregation.
An invitation accompanied with promises and threats, to induce the unconverted to receive the gospel. Richard Baxter wrote a book so entitled.
(To). I call God to witness. I solemnly declare that what I state is true.
If honour calls, where'er she points the way, The sons of honour follow and obey.
Churchill: The Farewell, stanza 7.