Poll tax
Poll Poll, n. [Akin to LG. polle the head, the crest of a bird, the top of a tree, OD. pol, polle, Dan. puld the crown of a hat.] 1. The head; the back part of the head. ``All flaxen was his poll.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A number or aggregate of heads; a list or register of heads or individuals. [1913 Webster]

We are the greater poll, and in true fear They gave us our demands. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The muster file, rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not to fifteen thousand poll. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Specifically, the register of the names of electors who may vote in an election. [1913 Webster]

4. The casting or recording of the votes of registered electors; as, the close of the poll. [1913 Webster]

All soldiers quartered in place are to remove . . . and not to return till one day after the poll is ended. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

5. pl. The place where the votes are cast or recorded; as, to go to the polls. [1913 Webster]

6. The broad end of a hammer; the but of an ax. [1913 Webster]

7. (Zo["o]l.) The European chub. See {Pollard}, 3 (a) . [1913 Webster]

{Poll book}, a register of persons entitled to vote at an election.

{Poll evil} (Far.), an inflammatory swelling or abscess on a horse's head, confined beneath the great ligament of the neck.

{Poll pick} (Mining), a pole having a heavy spike on the end, forming a kind of crowbar.

{Poll tax}, a tax levied by the head, or poll; a capitation tax. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • poll tax — / pōl / n: a tax of a fixed amount per person levied on adults Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. poll tax …   Law dictionary

  • poll-tax — pollˈ money or pollˈ tax noun A tax of so much a head, ie on each person alike • • • Main Entry: ↑poll …   Useful english dictionary

  • poll tax — ➔ tax1 …   Financial and business terms

  • poll tax — n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: poll head ; POLL1] a tax of a particular amount that is collected from every citizen of a country …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • poll tax — n. a tax per head, levied on individuals rather than on property: such a tax as a prerequisite for voting is unconstitutional in the U.S …   English World dictionary

  • poll tax — poll ,tax noun count an amount of money collected as a tax from every adult citizen of a particular country …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • poll tax — poll′ tax n. gov a capitation tax, sometimes levied as a prerequisite for voting • Etymology: 1685–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • poll tax — ► NOUN ▪ a tax levied on every adult, without reference to their income or resources …   English terms dictionary

  • Poll-tax — (engl., spr. pōl täcks, »Kopfsteuer«), in England Bezeichnung des zum Behuf der Parlamentswahlen zusammengestellten Wahlregisters und des Wahlaktes selbst …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Poll-tax — (spr. pohl täcks), in England die für die Parlamentswahlen aufgestellten Wahlregister und der Wahlakt selbst …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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