Definitions of poll

  1. get the opinions of people, for example
  2. an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
  3. vote in an election at a polling station
  4. the counting of votes ( as in an election)
  5. a tame parrot
  6. the part of the head between the ears
  7. convert into a pollard, as of trees
  8. get the votes of
  9. convert into a pollard; " pollard trees"
  10. get the opinions ( of people) by asking specific questions
  11. One who does not try for honors, but is content to take a degree merely; a passman.
  12. The head; the back part of the head.
  13. A number or aggregate of heads; a list or register of heads or individuals.
  14. Specifically, the register of the names of electors who may vote in an election.
  15. The casting or recording of the votes of registered electors; as, the close of the poll.
  16. The place where the votes are cast or recorded; as, to go to the polls.
  17. The broad end of a hammer; the but of an ax.
  18. The European chub. See Pollard, 3 ( a).
  19. 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.
  20. To extort from; to plunder; to strip.
  21. To impose a tax upon.
  22. To pay as one's personal tax.
  23. To enter, as polls or persons, in a list or register; to enroll, esp. for purposes of taxation; to enumerate one by one.
  24. To register or deposit, as a vote; to elicit or call forth, as votes or voters; as, he polled a hundred votes more than his opponent.
  25. To vote at an election.
  26. The top ( of the head).
  27. A parrot; - familiarly so called.
  28. To cut off; to remove by clipping, shearing, etc.; to mow or crop; - sometimes with off; as, to poll the hair; to poll wool; to poll grass.
  29. To cut or shave smooth or even; to cut in a straight line without indentation; as, a polled deed. See Dee poll.
  30. The head, especially the back part of it; a list of persons, especially those entitled to vote at elections; an election; number of votes recorded at an election; place where votes are cast: usually.
  31. To lop, clip, or shear; as, to poll trees or sheep; to enroll, as for voting; to examine or record the votes of; as, to poll a jury; receive votes; as, he polled a large majority; to cast or drop in a ballot box.
  32. The head, especially the back part of the head.
  33. A familiar name, often of a parrot.
  34. The round part of the head, esp. the back of it: a register of heads or persons: the entry of the names of electors who vote for civil officers, such as members of Congress: an election of civil officers: the place where the votes are taken.
  35. To remove the top: to cut: to clip: to lop, as the branches of a tree: to enter one's name in a register: to bring to the poll as a voter.
  36. POLLER.
  37. The head; register of persons; election.
  38. To lop the top; clip; register, as a voter.
  39. To enroll; canvass; vote.
  40. To lop; clip; shear.
  41. The head; hence, a person, or a list of persons.
  42. The voting or votes at an election.
  43. A poll - tax.
  44. Voting- place.
  45. The head of a person, or the back part of it; a register of heads of persons; the entry of the names of electors who vote for civil officers; an election of civil officers, or the place of election.
  46. To lop the tops of trees; to clip; to shear; to entor names on a list for voting; to bring to the poll.
  47. To vote at a poll.
  48. The head; the back part of the head; a register of heads or persons; the entry of the names of persons qualified to vote for civil officers and members of Parliament; an election of civil officers, or the place where the votes are taken.
  49. To lop or cut off the head, as trees; to clip or cut off hair or wool; to shear; to receive or give votes.
  50. A term applied at Cambridge to those men who do not take honours, but are contented with a degree merely.

Usage examples for poll

  1. But Burke soon found in the course of his canvas that he had no chance, and he declined to go to the poll – Burke by John Morley
  2. It is a town in which one may be happy; historically, however, it has not much claim upon our notice, its chief boast being that it was here the first act of violence in the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 occurred, when Wat Tyler broke the head of the poll tax collector who had brutally assaulted his daughter. – England of My Heart--Spring by Edward Hutton
  3. The great mass of mankind are the " Poll who pick up just enough to get through without much discredit. – Aphorisms and Reflections from the works of T. H. Huxley by Thomas Henry Huxley
  4. Poll said he to his wife, it's an uncertain business, is the book- trade. – M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur." by G.J. Whyte-Melville
  5. What is it, Poll – Half a Dozen Girls by Anna Chapin Ray
  6. In the third it " could not disguise- from itself or its readers"- that Mr. Marsham's defeat by so large a majority had been a strong probability from the first, and had been made a certainty by the appearance on the eve of the poll of " the Barrington letter." – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  7. " Tell us what 'tis, Poll Well, I'll tell you," said Polly, as she rose and began to walk up and down the floor. – Half a Dozen Girls by Anna Chapin Ray
  8. 139, 141- 143 Poll tax, ii. – History of the English People, Index by John Richard Green
  9. Gentlemen, the poll will be held this afternoon, according to the suggestion of my neighbour here. – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  10. Poll Tax, from a quarter dollar to 4 dollars each person. – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  11. About the two trees with, their ominous " poll a crowd of silent spectators was assembled on the Castle Green, to whom, in accordance with the etiquette of the day, she made her " dying declaration"- to wit, that she was guiltless of her father's blood, though the innocent cause of his death, and that she did not " in the least contribute" to that of her mother or of Mrs. Pocock. – Trial-of-Mary-Blandy by Roughead, William
  12. " Ay," said Bart, after a few moments' quiet thought, " I've heared 'em, lad; but there's no poll parrot out here as knows me." – Commodore Junk by George Manville Fenn
  13. All the time her mind was busy thinking out these fine resolves, her lips were thanking the Lord for Little Poll – A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter
  14. Mahomedanism in some countries would poll an overwhelming majority. – Theological Essays by Charles Bradlaugh
  15. One tenant was driving in a gig with me to the poll when a priest passed me on the road and said to my tenant:- 'May the blast of the Almighty be upon you, for I know you are being taken to vote the wrong way. – The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent by S.M. Hussey
  16. What is his attitude toward the poll tax? – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  17. Don't leave him, and poll him your- self. – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  18. " True, quite true, Poll replied the captain, musingly. – Philosopher Jack by R.M. Ballantyne
  19. So back I must get me to Brunswick to attend to my poll – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  20. His curly poll will grace the hangman's pole, A charming barber's block, upon my soul! – Turandot: The Chinese Sphinx by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller