noun Date: 14th century 1. a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence 2. the vocation or profession in which one customarily engages 3. the characteristic cry of a female cat in heat; also the period of heat Synonyms: see work

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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