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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a sampling or collection of opinions on a subject, taken from a selected or random group of persons, as for the purpose of analysis.

    Category: Government

  2. the act of voting in an election.

    Category: Government

  3. the registration of such votes.

    Category: Government

  4. Usu., polls. the place where votes are cast.

    Category: Government

  5. the number of votes cast.

    Category: Government

  6. a list or enumeration of individuals, as for purposes of taxing or voting.

    Category: Government

  7. the head, esp. the part of it on which the hair grows.

    Category: Anatomy

  8. the back of the head.

    Category: Anatomy

  9. the rear portion of the head of a horse; the nape.

    Category: Zoology

  10. the part of the head between the ears of certain animals, as the horse and cow.

    Category: Zoology

  11. the broad end or face of a hammer.

  12. (v.t.)to take a sampling of the attitudes or opinions of.

    Category: Government

  13. to receive at the polls, as votes.

    Category: Government

  14. to enroll (someone) in a list or register, as for purposes of taxing or voting.

    Category: Government

  15. to take or register the votes of (persons).

    Category: Government

  16. to deposit or cast at the polls, as a vote.

    Category: Government

  17. to bring to the polls, as voters.

    Category: Government

  18. to cut short or cut off the hair, wool, etc., of (an animal) or the horns of (cattle).

    Category: Zoology

  19. to cut short or cut off (hair, wool, etc.).

    Category: Zoology

  20. to cut off the top of (a tree); pollard.

    Category: Botany

  21. (v.i.)to vote at the polls; cast one's vote.

Origin of poll:

1250–1300; ME polle (hair of the) head < MLG: hair of the head, top of a tree or other plant; akin to Sw pull crown of the head


Princeton's WordNet

  1. poll, opinion poll, public opinion poll, canvass(noun)

    an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people

  2. pate, poll, crown(noun)

    the top of the head

  3. poll(noun)

    the part of the head between the ears

  4. poll, poll parrot(noun)

    a tame parrot

  5. poll(verb)

    the counting of votes (as in an election)

  6. poll, canvass, canvas(verb)

    get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions

  7. poll(verb)

    vote in an election at a polling station

  8. poll(verb)

    get the votes of

  9. poll, pollard(verb)

    convert into a pollard

    "pollard trees"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. poll(noun)ʊl

    a survey to find out people's opinions

    an opinion poll; the most recent political polls

  2. pollʊl

    where people go to vote

    The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  3. poll(verb)ʊl

    to use a poll to find out people's opinions

    We are currently polling young voters.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poll(noun)

    a parrot; -- familiarly so called

  2. Poll(noun)

    one who does not try for honors, but is content to take a degree merely; a passman

  3. Poll(noun)

    the head; the back part of the head

  4. Poll(noun)

    a number or aggregate of heads; a list or register of heads or individuals

  5. Poll(noun)

    specifically, the register of the names of electors who may vote in an election

  6. Poll(noun)

    the casting or recording of the votes of registered electors; as, the close of the poll

  7. Poll(noun)

    the place where the votes are cast or recorded; as, to go to the polls

  8. Poll(noun)

    the broad end of a hammer; the but of an ax

  9. Poll(noun)

    the European chub. See Pollard, 3 (a)

  10. Poll(verb)

    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

  11. Poll(verb)

    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

  12. Poll(verb)

    to extort from; to plunder; to strip

  13. Poll(verb)

    to impose a tax upon

  14. Poll(verb)

    to pay as one's personal tax

  15. Poll(verb)

    to enter, as polls or persons, in a list or register; to enroll, esp. for purposes of taxation; to enumerate one by one

  16. Poll(verb)

    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

  17. Poll(verb)

    to cut or shave smooth or even; to cut in a straight line without indentation; as, a polled deed. See Dee/ poll

  18. Poll(verb)

    to vote at an election


  1. Poll

    The poll is a name of the part of an animal's head, alternatively referencing a point immediately behind or right between the ears. This area of the anatomy is of particular significance for the horse. Specifically, the "poll" refers to the occipital protrusion at the back of the skull. However, in common usage, many horsemen refer to the poll joint, between the atlas and skull as the poll. The area at the joint has a slight depression, and is a sensitive location. Thus, because the crownpiece of a bridle passes over the poll joint, a rider can indirectly exert pressure on the horse's poll by means of the reins, bit, and bridle.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. poll

    1. [techspeak] The action of checking the status of an input line, sensor, or memory location to see if a particular external event has been registered. 2. To repeatedly call or check with someone: “I keep polling him, but he's not answering his phone; he must be swapped out.” 3. To ask. “Lunch? I poll for a takeout order daily.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'POLL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3597

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'POLL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2376

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'POLL' in Nouns Frequency: #1134

Translations for POLL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an election

They organized a poll to elect a president.

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