American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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).
- v. To exact as a toll.
- v. To charge a fee for using (a structure, such as a bridge).
- v. To sound (a large bell) slowly at regular intervals.
- v. To announce or summon by tolling.
- v. To sound in slowly repeated single tones.
- n. The act of tolling.
- n. The sound of a bell being struck.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- 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.
- n. The sounding of a bell with slowly measured single strokes.
- In law, to take away; vacate; annul.
- n. Loss or damage incurred through a disaster.
- n. A fee for using a transportation facility such a road, bridge, or ferry.
- n. business A fee for using any kind of material processing service.
- n. US A tollbooth.
- v. transitive To impose a fee for the use of.
- v. transitive To levy a toll on (someone or something).
- v. transitive To take as a toll.
- n. The act or sound of tolling
- v. ergative To ring (a bell) slowly and repeatedly.
- v. transitive To summon by ringing a bell.
- v. transitive To announce by tolling.
- v. transitive, obsolete To draw; pull; tug; drag.
- v. transitive To tear in pieces.
- v. transitive To draw; entice; invite; allure.
- v. transitive To lure with bait (especially, fish and animals).
- v. law, obsolete To take away; to vacate; to annul.
- v. law To suspend.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (O. Eng. Law) To take away; to vacate; to annul.
- v. To draw; to entice; to allure. See tole.
- v. To cause to sound, as a bell, with strokes slowly and uniformly repeated.
- v. To strike, or to indicate by striking, as the hour; to ring a toll for.
- v. To call, summon, or notify, by tolling or ringing.
- 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.
- 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. (Sax. & O. Eng. Law) 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.
- v. rare To pay toll or tallage.
- v. rare To take toll; to raise a tax.
- v. To collect, as a toll.
- 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
- From Latin tollere (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English, variant of toln, from Medieval Latin tolōnīum, from Latin telōnēum, tollbooth, from Greek telōneion, from telōnēs, tax collector, from telos, tax; see telə- in Indo-European roots.Middle English tollen, to ring an alarm, perhaps from tollen, to entice, pull, variant of tillen, from Old English -tyllan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“According to Texas law, not paying the toll is a misdemeanor offense.”
“The only down side was the cost of the tollroad, as you know the toll is assesed per axle.”
“Florida's transportation department wants to switch to what it calls a toll-by-plate system, where cameras will snap a picture of your license and send you a bill.”
“The death toll from the Mexican government's three-year war on drug cartels is far higher than previously reported - more than 22,000, according to news reports published Tuesday that cited confidential government figures.”
“The death toll from the 6. 9-magnitude quake that struck China earlier this week rose Thursday to 760, with more than 11,000 injured, state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing Yushu Earthquake Relief Headquarters.”
“The death toll from the weekend's clashes between anti-government protesters and Thai security forces climbed to 21, authorities said.”
“According to a new report, “climate change kills about 315,000 people a year through hunger, sickness and weather disasters, and the annual death toll is expected to rise to half a million by 2030.””
“Its toll is that of the heaviest of bells, for its weight is its own history, and all that history echoes in every utterance.”
“The death toll is rising in American Samoa and Samoa following an earthquake that triggered a tsunami.”
“The death toll from the two powerful earthquakes that struck the country has risen to 608 and 343 people are still missing, though the total number could be much higher.”
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