call,n.1. A request, demand, or command, esp. to come or assemble; an invitation or


call for the orders of the day.Parliamentary law. A demand that the meeting proceed

according to its order of business. — Also termed call for the regular order.

call for the regular order.See call for the orders of the day.

call of a meeting.Parliamentary law. Formal written notice of a meeting’s time and place,

sometimes stating its business, sent to each member in advance. call of the house.A legislative body’s order compelling each absent member’s attendance, usu. instructing that the sergeant-at-arms arrest and present each absentee.

“In legislative bodies or other assemblies that have legal power to compel the attendance of their members, a procedure that can be used to obtain a quorum, if necessary, is the motion for a Call of the House. This is a motion that unexcused absent members be brought to the meeting under arrest. A Call of the House is not applicable in voluntary societies.” Henry M. Robert, Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised § 40, at 339 (10th ed. 2000).

call of the roll.See roll call.

call to order.Parliamentary law. 1. The chair’s declaration that a deliberative assembly has properly convened and is ready for business. — Also termed convocation. 2. The chair’s request that a member follow the applicable rules or observe appropriate decorum. See DECORUM. quorum call.A roll call to determine whether a quorum is present. See QUORUM.

roll call.Parliamentary law. A calling of the roll to take attendance or a vote. See roll-call vote

under VOTE(4). — Also termed call of the roll.

  1. A demand for payment of money.

margin call.A securities broker’s demand that a customer put up money or stock as collateral when the broker finances a purchase of securities. • A margin call usu. occurs when the market prices of the securities are falling. — Also termed maintenance call. [Cases: Brokers  24(2). C.J.S.

Brokers §§ 71–72.]

  1. See call option under OPTION. 4. A demand for the presentation of a security (esp. a bond) for redemption before the maturity date. [Cases: Corporations  473. C.J.S. Corporations § 670.] 5. A landmark designating a property boundary. • The landmarks are chosen by the surveyor and recorded in his field notes or in the accom-panying deed. See METES AND BOUNDS.

call,vb.1. To summon. 2. To demand payment of money. 3. To redeem (a bond) before maturity.

[Blacks Law 8th]