American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- 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.)
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. A census has been taken by the United States once in ten years, beginning with 1790, and many of the States take an intermediate census. The first actual enumeration of the peoples of England and Scotland was made in 1801. Since then a census, including Ireland, has been taken every ten years. In some countries a census is taken at intervals of three, five, or six years.
- 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. If the figure is composed of parts of different dimensionality, the census should be taken separately for the points, liues, surfaces, and solids, and the final census formed by subtracting the sum of the censuses of the lines and the solids from the sum of the censuses of the points and the surfaces. This use of the word was introduced by J. B. Listing.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. An official registration of the number of the people, the value of their estates, and other general statistics of a country.
- v. conduct a census
- n. a periodic count of the population
- From Latin census, from cēnseō. See censor. (Wiktionary)
- Latin cēnsus, registration of citizens, from cēnsēre, to assess; see kens- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A search of the 1870 census -- the first post-Emancipation census quickly uncovered twenty-three-year-old Prince Puryear with a tantalizing clue.”
“In modern usage the term census denotes the periodic numbering of the people, without valuation of property.”
“The legality of such documents is under question in the Congress, as their party's lawyers exploit the finer points of how any old shyster is allowed to use the word census.”
“Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and her campaign against the census is annoying even to some of her fellow right-wingers.”
“And all this in spite of the fact that the census has existed since the foundation of this nation, by the very Founders who themselves abhorred the big intrusive government you claim that the census is a weapon of.”
“Personally I like to research my family history, and the census is the most convenient tool available.”
“No, no, no! They're right-the census is a scam on our citizenry!”
“A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 80 percent of the public says that the census is useful, with just one in four saying the census is a waste of money.”
“Some Republicans think that the census is a conspiracy.”
“Obviously, it was just a coincidence (the census is always a good, solid, play-at-any-time issue), but it was still nuts.”
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