People standing in a line waiting to vote at a polling station
- The definition of a poll is a counting or voting, or a place where people vote.
- An example of a poll is a research survey.
- An example of a poll is a place where people go to vote during an election.
- Poll is defined as to cast and gather a vote, or to survey people.
- An example of poll is to ask each member of the jury how they voted.
- An example of poll is to ask 1,000 people about their level of education.
- the head; esp., the crown, back, or hair of the head
- an individual person, esp. one among several
- a counting, listing, or register of persons, esp. of voters
- a voting or expression of opinion by individuals
- the amount of voting; number of votes recorded
- [pl.] a place where votes are cast and recorded
- a canvassing of a selected or random group of people to collect information, or to attempt to discover public opinion
- a report or record of the results of this
- the blunt or flat end, as of an ax
Origin of pollMiddle English pol from or akin to MDu, top of the head, head
- to cut off or cut short
- to cut off or trim the wool, hair, horns, or branches of; specif., to pollard (a tree)
- to take or register the votes of: to poll a county
- to require each member of (a jury, committee, etc.) to declare his or her vote individually
- to receive (a specified number or proportion of votes)
- to cast (a vote)
- to canvass in a poll (sense )
- The casting and registering of votes in an election.
- The number of votes cast or recorded.
- polls a. The places where votes are cast and registered during an election, considered as a group: The polls close in this state at 8:00.b. A place where votes are cast and registered: I went to the polls before work to cast a vote.
- A survey of the public or of a sample of public opinion to acquire information.
- The head, especially the top of the head where hair grows.
- The blunt or broad end of a tool such as a hammer or axe.
verbpolled, poll·ing, polls
- To receive (a given number of votes).
- To receive or record the votes of: polling a jury.
- To cast (a vote or ballot).
- To question in a survey; canvass.
- To cut off or trim (hair, horns, or wool, for example); clip.
- To trim or cut off the hair, wool, branches, or horns of: polled the sheep; polled the trees.
Origin of pollMiddle English pol head from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch
- An election or a survey of a particular group of people.
- The student council had a poll to see what people want served in the cafeteria.
- A number or aggregate of heads; a list or register of individuals, especially electors.
- (usually as plural) A place where voters cast ballots.
- The polls close at 8 p.m.
- The head, especially its top part.
- The broad or butt end of an axe or a hammer.
- A fish, the pollard or European chub.
(third-person singular simple present polls, present participle polling, simple past and past participle polled)
- To take, record the votes of (an electorate).
- To solicit mock votes from (a person or group).
- (intransitive) To vote at an election.
- To register or deposit, as a vote; to elicit or call forth, as votes or voters.
- He polled a hundred votes more than his opponent.
- To cut off; to remove by clipping, shearing, etc.; to mow or crop.
- to poll the hair; to poll wool; to poll grass
- To cut the hair of (a creature).
- To remove the horns of (an animal).
- To remove the top or end of; to clip; to lop.
- to poll a tree
- (computing, communication) To (repeatedly) request the status of something (such as a computer or printer on a network).
- The network hub polled the department's computers to determine which ones could still respond.
- (intransitive, with adverb) To be judged in a poll.
- To impose a tax upon.
- To pay as one's personal tax.
- To enter, as polls or persons, in a list or register; to enroll, especially for purposes of taxation; to enumerate one by one.
- (law) To cut or shave smooth or even; to cut in a straight line without indentation.
- a polled deed
From Middle English pol, polle ("head, hair of the head, list"; > Anglo-Norman poll (“list")), from Middle Low German pol, poll (“head") or Middle Dutch pol, pÅle, polle (“head, top"), both from Proto-Germanic *pullaz (“round object, head, top"), from Proto-Indo-European *bolno-, *bÅwl- (“orb, round object, bubble"), from Proto-Indo-European *bew- (“to blow, swell"). Akin to Scots pow (“head, crown, skalp, skull"), Eastern Frisian pol (“round, full, brimming"), Low German polle (“head, tree-top, bulb"), Danish puld (“crown of a hat"), Swedish dialectal pull (“head"). Meaning "collection of votes" is first recorded 1625, from notion of "counting heads".
- A pet parrot.
Perhaps a shortening of Polly, a common name for pet parrots.
- (UK, dated, Cambridge University) One who does not try for honors at university, but is content to take a degree merely; a passman.
From Ancient Greek [script?] (polloi, “the many, the masses")
- A surname.