a sampling or collection of opinions on a subject, taken from either a selected or a random group of persons, as for the purpose of analysis.
Usually, polls. the place where votes are taken.
the registering of votes, as at an election.
the voting at an election.
the number of votes cast.
the numerical result of the voting.
an enumeration or a list of individuals, as for purposes of taxing or voting.
a person or individual in a number or list.
the head, especially the part of it on which the hair grows.
the back of the head.
the rear portion of the head of a horse; the nape.
the part of the head between the ears of certain animals, as the horse and cow.
the broad end or face of a hammer.
verb (used with object)
to take a sampling of the attitudes or opinions of.
to receive at the , as votes.
to enroll (someone) in a list or register, as for purposes of taxing or voting.
to take or register the votes of (persons).
to deposit or cast at the , as a vote.
to bring to the , as voters.
to cut short or cut off the hair, wool, etc., of (an animal); crop; clip; shear.
to cut short or cut off (hair, wool, etc.).
to cut off the top of (a tree); .
to cut off or cut short the horns of (cattle).
verb (used without object)
to vote at the ; give one’s vote.
the conducting of a public opinion poll
(computing) the automatic interrogation of terminals by a central controlling machine to determine if they are ready to receive or transmit messages
the casting, recording, or counting of votes in an election; a voting
the result or quantity of such a voting: a heavy poll
Also called opinion poll
any counting or enumeration: a poll of the number of men with long hair
short for poll tax
a list or enumeration of people, esp for taxation or voting purposes
the striking face of a hammer
the occipital or back part of the head of an animal
verb (mainly transitive)
to receive (a vote or quantity of votes): he polled 10 000 votes
to receive, take, or record the votes of: he polled the whole town
to canvass (a person, group, area, etc) as part of a survey of opinion
(mainly US) to take the vote, verdict, opinion, etc, individually of each member (of a jury, conference, etc)
(sometimes intransitive) to cast (a vote) in an election
(computing) (in data transmission when several terminals share communications channels) to check each channel rapidly to establish which are free, or to call for data from each terminal in turn
to clip or shear
to remove or cut short the horns of (cattle)
“head,” early 14c., polle “hair of the head; piece of fur from the head of an animal,” also “head,” from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pol “head, top.” Sense extended early 14c. to “person, individual.” Meaning “collection of votes” is first recorded 1620s, from notion of “counting heads;” meaning “survey of public opinion” is first recorded 1902. Poll tax, literally “head tax,” is from 1690s. Literal use in English tends toward the part of the head where the hair grows.
“to take the votes of,” 1620s, from poll (n.). Related: Polled; polling. A deed poll “deed executed by one party only,” is from earlier verbal meaning “cut the hair of,” because the deed was cut straight rather than indented (see indent).
“to cut, trim,” late 14c., “to cut short the hair” (of an animal or person), from poll (n.). Of trees or plants from 1570s. Related: Polled; polling.
fem. proper name, short for Polly. Noted from 1620s as a parrot’s name.
noun 1. a booth in which voters cast their votes. noun 1. a semienclosed space in which a voter stands to mark a ballot paper during an election
noun 1. a place at or in which votes in an election are cast.
- Polling station
noun 1. a building, such as a school, designated as the place to which voters go during an election to cast their votes
1. a combining form representing in compound words: polliniferous.