poll
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pol, polle, from Middle Low German Date: 14th century 1. head 2. a. the top or back of the head b. nape 3. the broad or flat end of a striking tool (as a hammer) 4. a. (1) the casting or recording of the votes of a body of persons (2) a counting of votes cast b. the place where votes are cast or recorded — usually used in plural <
at the polls
>
c. the period of time during which votes may be cast at an election d. the total number of votes recorded <
a heavy poll
>
5. a. a questioning or canvassing of persons selected at random or by quota to obtain information or opinions to be analyzed b. a record of the information so obtained II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to cut off or cut short the hair or wool of ; crop, shear b. to cut off or cut short (as wool) 2. a. to cut off or back the top of (as a tree); specifically pollard b. to cut off or cut short the horns of (cattle) 3. a. to receive and record the votes of b. to request each member of to declare a vote individually <
poll the assembly
>
4. to receive (as votes) in an election 5. to question or canvass in a poll 6. to test (as several computer terminals sharing a single line) in sequence for messages to be transmitted intransitive verb to cast one's vote at a poll • pollee nounpoller noun

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  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poll — Poll, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Polled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Polling}.] 1. To remove the poll or head of; hence, to remove the top or end of; to clip; to lop; to shear; as, to poll the head; to poll a tree. [1913 Webster] When he [Absalom] pollled his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poll — I (canvass) noun capitation, catalogue of persons, census, census report, census return, count, enumeration, evaluation, inquiry, numbering, numeration, public opinion, questionary, questionnaire, register, registration, return, statistic, survey …   Law dictionary

  • Poll — 〈[poʊl] m. 6 oder f. 10〉 1. Umfrage, die der Meinungsforschung dient 2. 〈in den USA〉 Wählerverzeichnis [engl., „Abstimmung, Umfrage; Wahllokal“] * * * Poll [poʊl], der; s, s [engl. poll, eigtl. = Kopf(zahl)] (Markt , Meinungsforschung): 1 …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Poll — or polling may refer to:Figurative head counts* Polling, voting * Opinion poll * The polls, polling stations * Polling (computer science), sequential interrogation of devicesOther* Poll (livestock), the top of the head * Polling or pollarding,… …   Wikipedia

  • poll — ⇒POLL, subst. masc. En Angleterre, dépouillement des votes, au moyen d un registre public, dans les élections des membres de la Chambre des communes. Demander le poll; le poll a été remplacé par le scrutin secret (Ac. 1878). Pendant ce temps le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • poll — s.n. (Anglicism) 1. Listă, registru electoral. 2. Urnă de vot; numărul voturilor în alegeri; (p. ext.) consultare publică pentru a afla părerea cetăţenilor asupra unei chestiuni de interes general; sondaj de opinie. v. TOP4. [pron. pol. / <… …   Dicționar Român

  • poll — pōl n the head or a part of it esp the region between the ears of some quadrupeds (as a horse) poll vt to cut off or cut short the horns of (cattle) poll adj having no horns * * * (pōl) the back part of the head, especially that of an animal …   Medical dictionary

  • poll — [pōl] n. [ME pol < or akin to MDu, top of the head, head] 1. the head; esp., the crown, back, or hair of the head 2. an individual person, esp. one among several 3. a counting, listing, or register of persons, esp. of voters 4. a voting or… …   English World dictionary

  • Poll — Poll, n. [From Polly, The proper name.] A parrot; familiarly so called. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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