from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fixed charge or tax for a privilege, especially for passage across a bridge or along a road.
- n. A charge for a service, such as a long-distance telephone call.
- n. An amount or extent of loss or destruction, as of life, health, or property: "Poverty and inadequate health care take their toll on the quality of a community's health” ( Los Angeles Times).
- transitive v. To exact as a toll.
- transitive v. To charge a fee for using (a structure, such as a bridge).
- transitive v. To sound (a large bell) slowly at regular intervals.
- transitive v. To announce or summon by tolling.
- intransitive v. To sound in slowly repeated single tones.
- n. The act of tolling.
- n. The sound of a bell being struck.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Loss or damage incurred through a disaster.
- n. A fee for using a transportation facility such a road, bridge, or ferry.
- n. A fee for using any kind of material processing service.
- n. A tollbooth.
- v. To impose a fee for the use of.
- v. To levy a toll on (someone or something).
- v. To take as a toll.
- n. The act or sound of tolling
- v. To ring (a bell) slowly and repeatedly.
- v. To summon by ringing a bell.
- v. To announce by tolling.
- v. To draw; pull; tug; drag.
- v. To tear in pieces.
- v. To draw; entice; invite; allure.
- v. To lure with bait (especially, fish and animals).
- v. To take away; to vacate; to annul.
- v. To suspend.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The sound of a bell produced by strokes slowly and uniformly repeated.
- n. A tax paid for some liberty or privilege, particularly for the privilege of passing over a bridge or on a highway, or for that of vending goods in a fair, market, or the like.
- n. A liberty to buy and sell within the bounds of a manor.
- n. A portion of grain taken by a miller as a compensation for grinding.
- intransitive v. To sound or ring, as a bell, with strokes uniformly repeated at intervals, as at funerals, or in calling assemblies, or to announce the death of a person.
- intransitive v. To pay toll or tallage.
- intransitive v. To take toll; to raise a tax.
- transitive v. To take away; to vacate; to annul.
- transitive v. To draw; to entice; to allure. See tole.
- transitive v. To cause to sound, as a bell, with strokes slowly and uniformly repeated.
- transitive v. To strike, or to indicate by striking, as the hour; to ring a toll for.
- transitive v. To call, summon, or notify, by tolling or ringing.
- transitive v. To collect, as a toll.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pay toll or tailage, as on a purchase.
- To take toll; exact or levy toll; especially, to take a portion of grain as compensation for grinding.
- To take as a part of a general contribution or tax; exact as a tribute.
- To draw; pull; tug; drag.
- To tear in pieces.
- To draw; invite; entice; allure.
- To cause (a bell) to sound with single strokes slowly and regularly repeated, as for summoning public bodies or religious congregations to their meetings, for announcing a death, or to give solemnity to a funeral; specifically, to ring (a bell) by striking it with a hammer without swinging.
- To give out or utter by tolling or striking, as the sound of a bell or a clock.
- To call attention to or give notice of by slowly measured sounds of a bell; ring for or on account of.
- To give out the slowly measured sounds of a bell when struck singly and at regular intervals, as in calling meetings, or at funerals, or to announce the death of a person.
- In law, to take away; vacate; annul.
- n. A tax paid, or duty imposed, for some use or privilege or other reasonable consideration.
- n. The payment claimed by the owners of a port for goods landed or shipped there.
- n. The sum charged by the owners of a market or fair for goods brought to be sold there, or for liberty to break the soil for the purpose of erecting temporary structures.
- n. A portion of grain retained by a miller as compensation for grinding.
- n. A fixed charge made by those concerned in the maintenance of roads, streets, bridges, etc., for the passage, as at a toll-gate, of persons, goods, and cattle.
- n. A compensation for services rendered, especially for transportation or transmission: as, canal tolls, railway tolls, and other charges have raised the price of wheat.
- n. Synonyms Duty, Tribute, etc. See tax.
- n. The sounding of a bell with slowly measured single strokes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something
- n. a fee levied for the use of roads or bridges (used for maintenance)
- n. the sound of a bell being struck
- v. charge a fee for using
- v. ring slowly
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