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1The process of calling out a list of names to establish who is present.
- ‘As we gathered for morning roll-call, he emerged from his one-man tent in the uniform of a Japanese officer of the Imperial Army.’
- ‘The deputy director of the Navy Fleet Command's political warfare department said that there were negligence and flaws in evening roll-calls aboard the warship.’
- ‘Her one good deed was to save the life of Edgia, another camp inmate, by hiding her under a bunk during roll-call.’
- ‘The minute after roll-call was taken, Janet sensed something was different.’
- ‘Booker T. Washington, who created his last name so that he could properly respond to his teacher's roll-call, observes that changing names was one of the first acts of the newly emancipated slaves.’
- ‘Other escape ideas included ‘Max’, a life-size dummy used to cover up for missing escapees during roll-calls, and specially designed ladders to scale the perimeter fence.’
- ‘‘Let's take a roll-call of citizens, then,’ suggested Val.’
- ‘The days pass, interminable and empty, without the slightest occupation, without any other obligation beyond presence at the roll-calls in the morning and at midday.’
- 1.1 A list or group of people or things that are notable in some specified way:‘a roll call of young hopefuls’
- ‘He has identified and analysed key icons in his usual provocative fashion, a cheerleader for a roll-call of many of the great from the world of architecture.’
- ‘At the height of his career, Giles's client list resembled a roll-call of London and Dublin society.’
- ‘From the goldsmiths, the spotlight moves to the patrons, where the ledgers reveal not simply a roll-call of the major aristocratic names of the day but also a more egalitarian mix of customers.’
- ‘His films include a roll-call of classics: The Days of Being Wild, Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, Happy Together and In the Mood for Love.’
- ‘The poem's ostensible subjects are a typical enough roll-call of his concerns.’
- ‘On the other hand, the roll-call of stellar names should be enough to impress even the most sceptical.’
- ‘The roll-call of interviewees foregrounds his allegiances, while failing to illuminate the problems of American racial politics.’
- ‘Previous winners constitute a roll-call of those who have shaped physics in the 20th century.’
- ‘Turning from subjects to contributors, the roll-call is undeniably impressive.’
- ‘They have definitely got their act together in that department and have a roll-call of trade fairs coming up.’
- ‘Computer discs also feature on the roll-call of un-Islamic products, as do ties, lipstick, nail polish, catalogues showing pictures of people, movies, satellite dishes and pig fat.’
- ‘The roll-call of publishers, newspapers and film & TV companies involved in The Academy is as impressive as the list of patrons.’
- ‘The roll-call makes it hard for the reader to get a grip on the big picture.’
- ‘Its indicative of the society we live in these days that we all appear on numerous computer based roll-calls of our names and addresses.’
- ‘It is implicit in this roll-call of composers that the idea of a renaissance in music is not to do with a common style, but rather with shared ideals.’
- ‘Nevertheless, not even this roll-call of masterpieces can compare with the best of the Duke's Titians.’
- ‘Perhaps it's time to disprove this belief with a roll-call of independent music teachers who can and do have sufficient income to ‘support a household.’’
- ‘Every self-respecting hip-hop fan should have a copy of this album which features an impressive roll-call of significant and major names in hip-hop.’
- ‘The roll-call of celebrated women expanded from the traditional saints, queens, Biblical heroines and aristocratic savantes to include middle-class bluestockings, actresses and other non-elite prodigies.’
- ‘Any survey of that time reads like a roll-call of Germany's most famous composers, conductors and executants.’
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