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 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.
  • 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 censor
  • 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.

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 count of members of a population (not necessarily human), usually residents or citizens in a particular region, often done at regular intervals.
  • verb To collect a census.

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

[Latin cēnsus, registration of citizens, from cēnsēre, to assess; see kens- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin census, from cēnseō. See censor.


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  • JM reckons that those who do not want to be counted have taken leave of their census.

    May 25, 2011