Easton's Bible Dictionary
(2.) God calls with respect to men when he designates them to some special office (Exodus 31:2; Isaiah 22:20; Acts 13:2), and when he invites them to accept his offered grace (Matthew 9:13; 11:28; 22:4).
In the message of the gospel his call is addressed to all men, to Jews and Gentiles alike (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Romans 9:24, 25). But this universal call is not inseparably connected with salvation, although it leaves all to whom it comes inexcusable if they reject it (John 3:14-19; Matthew 22:14).
An effectual call is something more than the outward message of the Word of God to men. It is internal, and is the result of the enlightening and sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit (John 16:14; Acts 26:18; John 6:44), effectually drawing men to Christ, and disposing and enabling them to receive the truth (John 6:45; Acts 16:14; Ephesians 1:17).
Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (v. t.) To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant.
2. (v. t.) To summon to the discharge of a particular duty; to designate for an office, or employment, especially of a religious character; -- often used of a divine summons; as, to be called to the ministry; sometimes, to invite; as, to call a minister to be the pastor of a church.
3. (v. t.) To invite or command to meet; to convoke; -- often with together; as, the President called Congress together; to appoint and summon; as, to call a meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
4. (v. t.) To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specified name.
5. (v. t.) To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.
6. (v. t.) To state, or estimate, approximately or loosely; to characterize without strict regard to fact; as, they call the distance ten miles; he called it a full day's work.
7. (v. t.) To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of.
8. (v. t.) To utter in a loud or distinct voice; -- often with off; as, to call, or call off, the items of an account; to call the roll of a military company.
9. (v. t.) To invoke; to appeal to.
10. (v. t.) To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
11. (v. i.) To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; -- sometimes with to.
12. (v. i.) To make a demand, requirement, or request.
13. (v. i.) To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders.
14. (n.) The act of calling; -- usually with the voice, but often otherwise, as by signs, the sound of some instrument, or by writing; a summons; an entreaty; an invitation; as, a call for help; the bugle's call.
15. (n.) A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.
16. (n.) An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
17. (n.) A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal.
18. (n.) A divine vocation or summons.
19. (n.) Vocation; employment.
20. (n.) A short visit; as, to make a call on a neighbor; also, the daily coming of a tradesman to solicit orders.
21. (n.) A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.
22. (n.) A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.
23. (n.) The cry of a bird; also a noise or cry in imitation of a bird; or a pipe to call birds by imitating their note or cry.
24. (n.) A reference to, or statement of, an object, course, distance, or other matter of description in a survey or grant requiring or calling for a corresponding object, etc., on the land.
25. (n.) The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on.
26. (n.) See Assessment, 4.