In a program, an instruction or statement that transfers program execution to some section of code, such as a subroutine, to perform a specific task. Once the task is performed, program execution resumes at the calling point in the program. See also calling sequence.
(Computer Science) An instruction that interrupts the program being executed
(Homonym: caul, col).
1. Brief visit in an official or professional capacity.
2. A brief social visit.
3. A demand especially in the phrase; SYN. claim.
4. A demand for a show of hands in a card game.
5. A request.
6. A telephone connection; SYN. phone call, telephone call.
(Sports) The decision made by an umpire or referee
In finance, a demand for money, especially installments of part-paid securities.
A special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course.
1. To utter in a loud voice or announce
2. To order, request, or command to come; SYN. send for.
3. To send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message
4. To order or request or give a command for
5. To declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
6. To order or request for a specific duty or role
7. To read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
8. To ascribe a quality to or give a name that reflects a quality
9. To require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
10. To stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
11. To call a meeting; invite or command to meet
12. To utter a characteristic note or cry
13. To challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense
14. To consider or regard as being
15. To demand payment of, as of a loan; SYN. call in.
16. To give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance; SYN. call off.
17. To indicate a decision in regard to (sports):
18. To lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal:
1. To establish a connection through a telecommunications network.
2. To transfer program execution to some section of code (usually a subroutine) while saving the necessary information to allow execution to resume at the calling point when the called section has completed execution. Some languages (such as FORTRAN) have an explicit CALL statement; others (such as C and Pascal) perform a call when the name of a procedure or function appears. In assembly language, there are various names for a CALL instruction. When a subroutine call occurs in any language, one or more values (known as arguments or parameters) are often passed to the subroutine, which can then use and sometimes modify these values. See also argument, parameter.