from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The casting and registering of votes in an election.
- n. The number of votes cast or recorded.
- n. The place where votes are cast and registered. Often used in the plural with the.
- n. A survey of the public or of a sample of public opinion to acquire information.
- n. The head, especially the top of the head where hair grows.
- n. The blunt or broad end of a tool such as a hammer or ax.
- transitive v. To receive (a given number of votes).
- transitive v. To receive or record the votes of: polling a jury.
- transitive v. To cast (a vote or ballot).
- transitive v. To question in a survey; canvass.
- transitive v. To cut off or trim (hair, horns, or wool, for example); clip.
- transitive v. To trim or cut off the hair, wool, branches, or horns of: polled the sheep; polled the trees.
- intransitive v. To vote at the polls in an election.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pet parrot.
- n. One who does not try for honors at university, but is content to take a degree merely; a passman.
- n. An election or a survey of a particular group of people.
- n. A place where voters cast ballots.
- n. Hair
- n. The head, especially its top part.
- v. To take, record the votes of (an electorate).
- v. To solicit mock votes from (a person or group).
- v. To vote at an election.
- v. To cut the hair of (a creature).
- v. To remove the horns of (an animal).
- v. To (repeatedly) request the status of something (such as a computer or printer on a network).
- v. To be judged in a poll.
- adj. Bred without horns, and thus hornless.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A parrot; -- familiarly so called.
- n. One who does not try for honors, but is content to take a degree merely; a passman.
- n. The head; the back part of the head.
- n. A number or aggregate of heads; a list or register of heads or individuals.
- n. Specifically, the register of the names of electors who may vote in an election.
- n. The casting or recording of the votes of registered electors.
- n. The place where the votes are cast or recorded.
- n. The broad end of a hammer; the but of an ax.
- n. The European chub. See Pollard, 3 (a).
- transitive v. To remove the poll or head of; hence, to remove the top or end of; to clip; to lop; to shear
- transitive v. To cut off; to remove by clipping, shearing, etc.; to mow or crop; -- sometimes with off
- transitive v. To extort from; to plunder; to strip.
- transitive v. To impose a tax upon.
- transitive v. To pay as one's personal tax.
- transitive v. To enter, as polls or persons, in a list or register; to enroll, esp. for purposes of taxation; to enumerate one by one.
- transitive v. To register or deposit, as a vote; to elicit or call forth, as votes or voters.
- transitive v. To cut or shave smooth or even; to cut in a straight line without indentation. See Dee� poll.
- intransitive v. To vote at an election.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The head, or the rounded back part of the head, of a person; also, by extension, the head of an animal.
- n. Hence A person, an individual enumerated in a list.
- n. An enumeration or register of heads or persons, as for the imposition of a poll-tax, or the list or roll of those who have voted at an election.
- n. The voting or registering of votes at an election, or the place where the votes are taken: in the United States used chiefly in the plural: as, to go to the poll; the polls will close at four.
- n. A poll-tax.
- n. The broad end or butt of a hammer.
- n. The chub or cheven, Leuciscus cephalus. Also called pollard.
- To remove the top or head of; hence, to cut off the tops of; lop; clip; also, to cut off the hair of; also, to cut, as hair; shear; cut closely; mow; also, to remove the horns of, as cattle: as, to poll tares, hair, wool, or grass.
- In law, to cut even without indenting, as a deed executed by one party. See deed poll, under deed.
- To rob; plunder; despoil, as by excessive taxation.
- To enumerate one by one; enroll in a list or register, as for the purpose of levying a polltax.
- To pay, as a personal tax.
- To canvass or ascertain the opinion of.
- To receive at the polls: as, A polled only 50 votes; also, to cast at the polls: as, a large vote was polled.
- To vote at the polls; bring to the polls.
- To vote at a poll; record a vote, as an elector.
- n. A parrot: also called poll-parrot and polly.
- n. A student at Cambridge University in England who merely takes a degree, but receives no honors; one who is not a candidate for honors.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. convert into a pollard
- n. the top of the head
- n. a tame parrot
- n. the counting of votes (as in an election)
- v. get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
- v. get the votes of
- n. the part of the head between the ears
- v. vote in an election at a polling station
- n. an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
Middle English pol, head, from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps a shortening of Polly, a common name for pet parrots. (Wiktionary)
From Ancient Greek (polloi, "the many, the masses") (Wiktionary)
From Middle English pol, polle ("head, hair of the head, list"; > Anglo-Norman poll ("list")), from Middle Low German pol, poll ("head") or Middle Dutch pol, pōle, polle ("head, top"), both from Proto-Germanic *pullaz (“round object, head, top”), from Proto-Indo-European *bolno-, *bōwl- (“orb, round object, bubble”), from Proto-Indo-European *bew- (“to blow, swell”). Akin to Scots pow ("head, crown, skalp, skull"), Eastern Frisian pol ("round, full, brimming"), Low German polle ("head, tree-top, bulb"), Danish puld ("crown of a hat"), Swedish dialectal pull ("head"). Meaning "collection of votes" is first recorded 1625, from notion of "counting heads". (Wiktionary)