Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An official, usually periodic enumeration of a population, often including the collection of related demographic information.
  • n. In ancient Rome, a count of the citizens and an evaluation of their property for taxation purposes.
  • transitive v. To include in a census; conduct a census of: "Every plant one centimeter in diameter or larger is censused every five years” ( John P. Wiley, Jr.)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An official count of members of a population (not necessarily human), usually residents or citizens in a particular region, often done at regular intervals.
  • v. To collect a census.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A numbering of the people, and valuation of their estate, for the purpose of imposing taxes, etc.; -- usually made once in five years.
  • n. An official registration of the number of the people, the value of their estates, and other general statistics of a country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity:
  • n. A registered statement of the particulars of a citizen's property for the purposes of taxation.
  • n. An enumeration and register of the Roman citizens in their appropriate classes, with reference to tribe, family, children, slaves, freedmen, etc.
  • n. The drawing up of such a register. See censor
  • n. In modern times, an official enumeration of the inhabitants of a state or country, with details of sex and age, family, occupation, possessions, etc.
  • n. In topical geom., a number referring to a geometrical figure and formed by subtracting the sum of the cyclosis and apeiry of the figure from the sum of the choresis and periphraxis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. conduct a census
  • n. a periodic count of the population

Etymologies

Latin cēnsus, registration of citizens, from cēnsēre, to assess; see kens- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin census, from cēnseō. See censor. (Wiktionary)

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  • JM reckons that those who do not want to be counted have taken leave of their census.

    May 25, 2011