from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An official, usually periodic enumeration of a population, often including the collection of related demographic information.
- noun In ancient Rome, a count of the citizens and an evaluation of their property for taxation purposes.
- transitive verb To include in a census; conduct a census of.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In Roman antiquity:
- noun A registered statement of the particulars of a citizen's property for the purposes of taxation.
- noun An enumeration and register of the Roman citizens in their appropriate classes, with reference to tribe, family, children, slaves, freedmen, etc.
- noun The drawing up of such a register. See
- noun In modern times, an official enumeration of the inhabitants of a state or country, with details of sex and age, family, occupation, possessions, etc.
- noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (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.
- noun An official registration of the number of the people, the value of their estates, and other general statistics of a country.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An
official countof membersof a population(not necessarily human), usually residentsor citizensin a particular region, often done at regular intervals.
- verb To
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb conduct a census
- noun a periodic count of the population
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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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.