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call, in finance, see: puts and calls.
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call

[kȯl]
(computer science)
To transfer control to a specified closed subroutine.
A statement in a computer program that references a closed subroutine or program.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

call

1. Hunting any of several notes or patterns of notes, blown on a hunting horn as a signal
2. Hunting
a. an imitation of the characteristic cry of a wild animal or bird to lure it to the hunter
b. an instrument for producing such an imitation
3. Brit the summons to the bar of a student member of an Inn of Court
4. Theatre a notice to actors informing them of times of rehearsals
5. (in square dancing) an instruction to execute new figures
6. Commerce
a. a demand for repayment of a loan
b. (as modifier): call money
7. Billiards a demand to an opponent to say what kind of shot he will play
8. Poker a demand for a hand or hands to be exposed
9. Bridge a bid, or a player's turn to bid
10. Sport a decision of an umpire or referee regarding a shot, pitch, etc.
11. Business on call
a. (of a loan, etc.) repayable on demand
b. available to be called for work outside normal working hours
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call

(1) In programming, a statement that requests services from another subroutine or program. The call is physically made to the subroutine by a branch instruction or some other linking method that is created by the assembler, compiler or interpreter. The routine that is called is responsible for returning control to the calling program after it has finished processing. See stack.

(2) In communications, the action taken by the transmitting station to establish a connection with the receiving station in a dial-up network.
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Retired Mr Edwards, 77, who had been visiting a friend, stopped in a lay-by to answer a call of nature but stumbled down the steep embankment shortly before 6pm yesterday.
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A PS13,000 toilet has been built at a Scottish beauty spot - to stop tourists answering the call of nature outdoors.
While Street View cameras have captured numerous bizarre images over the past few years, most of these have involved real people doing something out of the ordinary-like sleeping in a gutter or answering the call of nature. (ANI)
After polishing off a few too many, the passenger - known only as Clive - removed his trousers to the astonishment of fellow travellers and headed to the toilets to answer the call of nature.
TERRIFIED David Wilkinson had to be rescued by firefighters after sinking in boggy ground as he answered an urgent call of nature.
Now you face an extra tax of 20p on your bus fare in order to answer a call of nature.
When his body was found by a rower near Jesus Lock on December 7, he was still clothed in his tuxedo and the positioning of it led police to suspect he had been answering a call of nature when he fell into the water.