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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the particular occupation for which you are trained;
[syn: career, calling, vocation]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Call \Call\ (k[add]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Called (k[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Calling] [OE. callen, AS. ceallian; akin to Icel. & Sw. kalla, Dan. kalde, D. kallen to talk, prate, OHG. kall[=o]n to call; cf. Gr. ghry`ein to speak, sing, Skr. gar to praise. Cf. Garrulous.] 1. To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant. [1913 Webster] Call hither Clifford; bid him come amain --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] Paul . . . called to be an apostle --Rom. i. 1. [1913 Webster] The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. --Acts xiii. 2. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] Now call we our high court of Parliament. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name. [1913 Webster] If you would but call me Rosalind. --Shak. [1913 Webster] And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. --Gen. i. 5. [1913 Webster] 5. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate. [1913 Webster] What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. --Acts x. 15. [1913 Webster] 6. 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. [1913 Webster] [The] army is called seven hundred thousand men. --Brougham. [1913 Webster] 7. To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This speech calls him Spaniard. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 8. 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. [1913 Webster] No parish clerk who calls the psalm so clear. --Gay. [1913 Webster] 9. To invoke; to appeal to. [1913 Webster] I call God for a witness. --2 Cor. i. 23 [Rev. Ver. ] [1913 Webster] 10. To rouse from sleep; to awaken. [1913 Webster] If thou canst awake by four o' the clock. I prithee call me. Sleep hath seized me wholly. --Shak. [1913 Webster] To call a bond, to give notice that the amount of the bond will be paid. To call a party (Law), to cry aloud his name in open court, and command him to come in and perform some duty requiring his presence at the time on pain of what may befall him. To call back, to revoke or retract; to recall; to summon back. To call down, to pray for, as blessing or curses. To call forth, to bring or summon to action; as, to call forth all the faculties of the mind. To call in, (a) To collect; as, to call in debts or money; ar to withdraw from cirulation; as, to call in uncurrent coin. (b) To summon to one's side; to invite to come together; as, to call in neighbors. To call (any one) names, to apply contemptuous names (to any one). To call off, to summon away; to divert; as, to call off the attention; to call off workmen from their employment. To call out. (a) To summon to fight; to challenge. (b) To summon into service; as, to call out the militia. To call over, to recite separate particulars in order, as a roll of names. To call to account, to demand explanation of. To call to mind, to recollect; to revive in memory. To call to order, to request to come to order; as: (a) A public meeting, when opening it for business. (b) A person, when he is transgressing the rules of debate. To call to the bar, to admit to practice in courts of law. To call up. (a) To bring into view or recollection; as to call up the image of deceased friend. (b) To bring into action or discussion; to demand the consideration of; as, to call up a bill before a legislative body. Syn: To name; denominate; invite; bid; summon; convoke; assemble; collect; exhort; warn; proclaim; invoke; appeal to; designate. Usage: To Call, Convoke, Summon. Call is the generic term; as, to call a public meeting. To convoke is to require the assembling of some organized body of men by an act of authority; as, the king convoked Parliament. To summon is to require attendance by an act more or less stringent anthority; as, to summon a witness. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Calling \Call"ing\, n. 1. The act of one who calls; a crying aloud, esp. in order to summon, or to attact the attention of, some one. [1913 Webster] 2. A summoning or convocation, as of Parliament. [1913 Webster] The frequent calling and meeting of Parlaiment. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. A divine summons or invitation; also, the state of being divinely called. [1913 Webster] Who hath . . . called us with an holy calling. --2 Tim. i. 9. [1913 Webster] Give diligence to make yior calling . . . sure. --2 Pet. i. 10. [1913 Webster] 4. A naming, or inviting; a reading over or reciting in order, or a call of names with a view to obtaining an answer, as in legislative bodies. [1913 Webster] 5. One's usual occupation, or employment; vocation; business; trade. [1913 Webster] The humble calling of ter female parent. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 6. The persons, collectively, engaged in any particular professions or employment. [1913 Webster] To impose celibacy on wholy callings. --Hammond. [1913 Webster] 7. Title; appellation; name. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I am more proud to be Sir Rowland's son His youngest son, and would not change that calling. --Shak. Syn: Occupation; employment; business; trade; profession; office; engagement; vocation. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

calling n 1: the particular occupation for which you are trained [syn: career, calling, vocation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

104 Moby Thesaurus words for "calling": ambition, apostolic orders, appellation, appointment, area, art, aspiration, baptism, basis, beck, beck and call, bid, biddance, bidding, business, call, calling forth, canonization, career, career building, careerism, cause, christening, conferment, consecration, consideration, convocation, craft, definition, denomination, designation, election, employment, engraved invitation, evocation, game, goal, ground, guiding light, guiding star, handicraft, holy orders, ideal, identification, indent, induction, inspiration, installation, institution, intention, investiture, invitation, invite, invocation, job, lifework, line, line of business, line of work, lodestar, mainspring, major orders, matter, metier, minor orders, mission, motive, mystery, naming, nicknaming, nod, nomination, number, occupation, ordainment, orders, ordination, practice, preconization, preferment, presentation, principle, profession, province, pursuit, racket, reading in, reason, requisition, sake, score, source, specialization, specialty, spring, styling, summons, terming, trade, ulterior motive, vocation, walk, walk of life, work
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Calling a profession, or as we usually say, a vocation (1 Cor. 7:20). The "hope of your calling" in Eph. 4:4 is the hope resulting from your being called into the kingdom of God.