Poll Definition

pōl
polled, polling, polls
noun
polls
The casting and registering of votes in an election.
American Heritage
An individual person, esp. one among several.
Webster's New World
The places where votes are cast and registered during an election, considered as a group.
The polls close in this state at 8:00.
American Heritage
A counting, listing, or register of persons, esp. of voters.
Webster's New World
The amount of voting; number of votes recorded.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
canvasspublic-opinion pollopinion-pollcrownpatepoll-parrotpollbookpolling areapolling-placevoting-machinesballot box(es)ballotsurveyconsensusvote
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verb
polled, polling, polls
To take or register the votes of.
To poll a county.
Webster's New World
To receive (a specified number or proportion of votes)
Webster's New World
To cut off or cut short.
Webster's New World
To require each member of (a jury, committee, etc.) to declare his or her vote individually.
Webster's New World
To vote in an election.
Webster's New World
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adjective

(of kinds of livestock which typically have horns) Bred without horns, and thus hornless.

Poll Hereford.
Red Poll cows.
Wiktionary
pronoun

A diminutive of the female given name Mary.

Wiktionary

A common pet name for a parrot.

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Other Word Forms of Poll

Noun

Singular:
poll
Plural:
polls

Origin of Poll

  • 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, pōle, polle (“head, top"), both from Proto-Germanic *pullaz (“round object, head, top"), from Proto-Indo-European *bolno-, *bōwl- (“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".

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English pol head from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps a shortening of Polly, a common name for pet parrots.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Polly, by rhyming with Molly, from Mary.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek [script?] (polloi, “the many, the masses")

    From Wiktionary

  • From Paul.

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