Definitions for: Poll

[n] the counting of votes (as in an election)
[n] a tame parrot
[n] the part of the head between the ears
[n] the top of the head
[n] an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
[v] convert into a pollard, as of trees
[v] get the opinions of people, for example
[v] get the votes of
[v] vote in an election at a polling station

Webster (1913) Definition: Poll, n. [From Polly, The proper name.]
A parrot; -- familiarly so called.

Poll, n. [Gr. ? the many, the rabble.]
One who does not try for honors, but is content to take a
degree merely; a passman. [Cambridge Univ., Eng.]

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.

2. A number or aggregate of heads; a list or register of
heads or individuals.

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

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

3. Specifically, the register of the names of electors who
may vote in an election.

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

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

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

6. The broad end of a hammer; the but of an ax.

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

Poll book, a register of persons entitled to vote at an

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

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

Poll, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Polled; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.

When he [Absalom] pollled his head. --2 Sam. xiv.

His death did so grieve them that they polled
themselves; they clipped off their horse and mule's
hairs. --Sir T.

2. 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.

Who, as he polled off his dart's head, so sure he
had decreed That all the counsels of their war he
would poll off like it. --Chapman.

3. To extort from; to plunder; to strip. [Obs.]

Which polls and pills the poor in piteous wise.

4. To impose a tax upon. [Obs.]

5. To pay as one's personal tax.

The man that polled but twelve pence for his head.

6. To enter, as polls or persons, in a list or register; to
enroll, esp. for purposes of taxation; to enumerate one by

Polling the reformed churches whether they equalize
in number those of his three kingdoms. --Milton.

7. 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.

And poll for points of faith his trusty vote.

8. (Law) To cut or shave smooth or even; to cut in a straight
line without indentation; as, a polled deed. See {Dee?
poll}. --Burrill.

To poll a jury, to call upon each member of the jury to
answer individually as to his concurrence in a verdict
which has been rendered.

Poll, v. i.
To vote at an election. --Beaconsfield.

Synonyms: canvas, canvass, canvass, crown, opinion poll, pate, poll parrot, pollard, public opinion poll

See Also: acquire, circularise, circularize, clip, count, counting, cow, crop, cut back, dress, enquiry, enumeration, Equus caballus, get, horse, human head, inquiry, lop, moo-cow, numeration, parrot, prune, reckoning, research, snip, straw poll, straw vote, survey, tally, tonsure, top, top side, trim, upper side, upside, vote

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