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Meaning of TOLL

Pronunciation:  towl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something; "the cost in human life was enormous"; "the price of success is hard work"; "what price glory?"
  2. [n]  a fee levied for the use of roads or bridges (used for maintenance)
  3. [v]  ring recurrently; of bells
  4. [v]  ring slowly, of bells; "For whom the bell tolls"

TOLL is a 4 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: cost, peal, price
 See Also: death toll, fee, knell, ring, value



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Toll\, v. t. [L. tollere. See {Tolerate}.] (O. Eng. Law)
    To take away; to vacate; to annul.
  2. \Toll\, v. t. [See {Tole}.]
    1. To draw; to entice; to allure. See {Tole}.
    2. [Probably the same word as toll to draw, and at first
       meaning, to ring in order to draw people to church.] To
       cause to sound, as a bell, with strokes slowly and
       uniformly repeated; as, to toll the funeral bell. ``The
       sexton tolled the bell.'' --Hood.
    3. To strike, or to indicate by striking, as the hour; to
       ring a toll for; as, to toll a departed friend. --Shak.
             Slow tolls the village clock the drowsy hour.
    4. To call, summon, or notify, by tolling or ringing.
             When hollow murmurs of their evening bells Dismiss
             the sleepy swains, and toll them to their cells.
  3. \Toll\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tolled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To sound or ring, as a bell, with strokes uniformly repeated
    at intervals, as at funerals, or in calling assemblies, or to
    announce the death of a person.
          The country cocks do crow, the clocks do toll. --Shak.
          Now sink in sorrows with a tolling bell. --Pope.
  4. \Toll\, n.
    The sound of a bell produced by strokes slowly and uniformly
  5. \Toll\, n. [OE. tol, AS. toll; akin to OS. & D. tol, G.
    zoll, OHG. zol, Icel. tollr, Sw. tull, Dan. told, and also to
    E. tale; -- originally, that which is counted out in payment.
    See {Tale} number.]
    1. A tax paid for some liberty or privilege, particularly for
       the privilege of passing over a bridge or on a highway, or
       for that of vending goods in a fair, market, or the like.
    2. (Sax. & O. Eng. Law) A liberty to buy and sell within the
       bounds of a manor.
    3. A portion of grain taken by a miller as a compensation for
    {Toll and team} (O. Eng. Law), the privilege of having a
       market, and jurisdiction of villeins. --Burrill.
    {Toll bar}, a bar or beam used on a canal for stopping boats
       at the tollhouse, or on a road for stopping passengers.
    {Toll bridge}, a bridge where toll is paid for passing over
    {Toll corn}, corn taken as pay for grinding at a mill.
    {Toll dish}, a dish for measuring toll in mills.
    {Toll gatherer}, a man who takes, or gathers, toll.
    {Toll hop}, a toll dish. [Obs.] --Crabb.
    {Toll thorough} (Eng. Law), toll taken by a town for beasts
       driven through it, or over a bridge or ferry maintained at
       its cost. --Brande & C.
    {Toll traverse} (Eng. Law), toll taken by an individual for
       beasts driven across his ground; toll paid by a person for
       passing over the private ground, bridge, ferry, or the
       like, of another.
    {Toll turn} (Eng. Law), a toll paid at the return of beasts
       from market, though they were not sold. --Burrill.
    Syn: Tax; custom; duty; impost.
  6. \Toll\, v. i.
    1. To pay toll or tallage. [R.] --Shak.
    2. To take toll; to raise a tax. [R.]
             Well could he [the miller] steal corn and toll
             thrice.                               --Chaucer.
             No Italian priest Shall tithe or toll in our
             dominions.                            --Shak.
  7. \Toll\, v. t.
    To collect, as a toll. --Shak.
Easton Bible Dictionary

one of the branches of the king of Persia's revenues (Ezra 4:13; 7:24), probably a tax levied from those who used the bridges and fords and highways.