from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in a format such that listeners or viewers are invited to have their telephone conversations with the host or guests on a show broadcast to other listeners: a call-in radio show.
  • n. A viewer's or listener's telephone conversation with or telephone call to the host of such a show.
  • n. A viewer or listener making such a call.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In which members of the public telephone the studio and talk live to the presenter.
  • n. Such a radio programme
  • n. Such a call
  • n. Such a caller

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a telephone call to a radio station or a television station in which the caller participates in the on-going program


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    * John N. Mitchell - El Butcher - (202) 965-2900
    * Melvin R. Laird - El Defendo - (301) 652-4449
    * Henry A. Kissinger - El Exigente - (202) 337-0042
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    February 18, 2009