Census
Census Cen"sus, n. [L. census, fr. censere. See {Censor}.] 1. (Bot. Antiq.) A numbering of the people, and valuation of their estate, for the purpose of imposing taxes, etc.; -- usually made once in five years. [1913 Webster]

2. An official registration of the number of the people, the value of their estates, and other general statistics of a country. [1913 Webster]

Note: A general census of the United States was first taken in 1790, and one has been taken at the end of every ten years since. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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