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Meaning of POLL

Pronunciation:  powl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the counting of votes (as in an election)
  2. [n]  a tame parrot
  3. [n]  the part of the head between the ears
  4. [n]  the top of the head
  5. [n]  an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
  6. [v]  convert into a pollard, as of trees
  7. [v]  get the opinions of people, for example
  8. [v]  get the votes of
  9. [v]  vote in an election at a polling station

POLL is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: canvas, canvass, canvass, crown, opinion poll, pate, poll parrot, pollard, public opinion poll
 See Also: acquire, circularise, circularize, clip, count, counting, cow, crop, cut back, dress, enquiry, enumeration, Equus caballus, get, horse, human head, inquiry, lop, moo-cow, numeration, parrot, prune, reckoning, research, snip, straw poll, straw vote, survey, tally, tonsure, top, top side, trim, upper side, upside, vote



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Poll\, n. [From Polly, The proper name.]
    A parrot; -- familiarly so called.
  2. \Poll\, n. [Gr. ? the many, the rabble.]
    One who does not try for honors, but is content to take a
    degree merely; a passman. [Cambridge Univ., Eng.]
  3. \Poll\, n. [Akin to LG. polle the head, the crest of a
    bird, the top of a tree, OD. pol, polle, Dan. puld the crown
    of a hat.]
    1. The head; the back part of the head. ``All flaxen was his
       poll.'' --Shak.
    2. A number or aggregate of heads; a list or register of
       heads or individuals.
             We are the greater poll, and in true fear They gave
             us our demands.                       --Shak.
             The muster file, rotten and sound, upon my life,
             amounts not to fifteen thousand poll. --Shak.
    3. Specifically, the register of the names of electors who
       may vote in an election.
    4. The casting or recording of the votes of registered
       electors; as, the close of the poll.
             All soldiers quartered in place are to remove . . .
             and not to return till one day after the poll is
             ended.                                --Blackstone.
    5. pl. The place where the votes are cast or recorded; as, to
       go to the polls.
    6. The broad end of a hammer; the but of an ax.
    7. (Zo["o]l.) The European chub. See {Pollard}, 3
       (a) .
    {Poll book}, a register of persons entitled to vote at an
    {Poll evil} (Far.), an inflammatory swelling or abscess on a
       horse's head, confined beneath the great ligament of the
    {Poll pick} (Mining), a pole having a heavy spike on the end,
       forming a kind of crowbar.
    {Poll tax}, a tax levied by the head, or poll; a capitation
  4. \Poll\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Polled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To remove the poll or head of; hence, to remove the top or
       end of; to clip; to lop; to shear; as, to poll the head;
       to poll a tree.
             When he [Absalom] pollled his head.   --2 Sam. xiv.
             His death did so grieve them that they polled
             themselves; they clipped off their horse and mule's
             hairs.                                --Sir T.
    2. To cut off; to remove by clipping, shearing, etc.; to mow
       or crop; -- sometimes with off; as, to poll the hair; to
       poll wool; to poll grass.
             Who, as he polled off his dart's head, so sure he
             had decreed That all the counsels of their war he
             would poll off like it.               --Chapman.
    3. To extort from; to plunder; to strip. [Obs.]
             Which polls and pills the poor in piteous wise.
    4. To impose a tax upon. [Obs.]
    5. To pay as one's personal tax.
             The man that polled but twelve pence for his head.
    6. To enter, as polls or persons, in a list or register; to
       enroll, esp. for purposes of taxation; to enumerate one by
             Polling the reformed churches whether they equalize
             in number those of his three kingdoms. --Milton.
    7. To register or deposit, as a vote; to elicit or call
       forth, as votes or voters; as, he polled a hundred votes
       more than his opponent.
             And poll for points of faith his trusty vote.
    8. (Law) To cut or shave smooth or even; to cut in a straight
       line without indentation; as, a polled deed. See {Dee?
       poll}. --Burrill.
    {To poll a jury}, to call upon each member of the jury to
       answer individually as to his concurrence in a verdict
       which has been rendered.
  5. \Poll\, v. i.
    To vote at an election. --Beaconsfield.
Computing Dictionary

To check the status of an input line, sensor, or memory location to see if a particular external event has been registered.

Contrast interrupt.

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