Definitions for tolltoʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a payment or fee exacted, as by the state, for some right or privilege, as for passage along a road or over a bridge.

  2. the extent of loss, damage, suffering, etc., resulting from some action or calamity:

    The toll was 300 persons dead or missing.

  3. a tax, duty, or tribute, as for services or use of facilities.

  4. a payment made for a long-distance telephone call.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  5. a compensation for services, as for transportation or transmission.

  6. (v.t.)to collect (something) as toll.

  7. to impose a tax or toll on (a person).

  8. (v.i.)to collect toll; levy toll.

Origin of toll:

bef. 1000; ME, OE (c. OHG zol, ON tollr), by-form of OE toln < LL tolōnēum, for telōnēum < Gk telōneîon tollhouse, ult. der. of télos tax


  1. to cause (a large bell) to sound with single strokes slowly and regularly repeated.

  2. to sound or strike (a knell, the hour, etc.) by such strokes.

  3. to announce by this means; ring a knell for (a dying or dead person).

  4. to summon or dismiss by tolling.

  5. Ref: Also, tole. 2

  6. (v.i.)to sound with single strokes slowly and regularly repeated, as a bell.

  7. (n.)the act of tolling a bell.

  8. one of the strokes made in tolling a bell.

  9. the sound made.

Origin of toll:

1175–1225; ME: to entice, lure, pull, hence prob. to make (a bell) ring by pulling a rope


Princeton's WordNet

  1. toll(noun)

    a fee levied for the use of roads or bridges (used for maintenance)

  2. price, cost, toll(noun)

    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?"

  3. bell, toll(verb)

    the sound of a bell being struck

    "saved by the bell"; "she heard the distant toll of church bells"

  4. toll(verb)

    ring slowly

    "For whom the bell tolls"

  5. toll(verb)

    charge a fee for using

    "Toll the bridges into New York City"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tollʊl

    money you pay for crossing a bridge, driving on a road, etc.

    to pay a toll

  2. tollʊl

    to have an eventual bad effect

    The trauma of the past week is taking its toll on the family.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Toll(verb)

    to take away; to vacate; to annul

  2. Toll(verb)

    to draw; to entice; to allure. See Tole

  3. Toll(verb)

    to cause to sound, as a bell, with strokes slowly and uniformly repeated; as, to toll the funeral bell

  4. Toll(verb)

    to strike, or to indicate by striking, as the hour; to ring a toll for; as, to toll a departed friend

  5. Toll(verb)

    to call, summon, or notify, by tolling or ringing

  6. Toll(verb)

    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

  7. Toll(noun)

    the sound of a bell produced by strokes slowly and uniformly repeated

  8. Toll(noun)

    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

  9. Toll(noun)

    a liberty to buy and sell within the bounds of a manor

  10. Toll(noun)

    a portion of grain taken by a miller as a compensation for grinding

  11. Toll(verb)

    to pay toll or tallage

  12. Toll(verb)

    to take toll; to raise a tax

  13. Toll(verb)

    to collect, as a toll


  1. Toll

    The Toll genes encode members of the Toll-like receptor class of proteins. "Toll" is German for "amazing" or "great". Mutants in the Toll gene were originally identified by 1995 Nobel Laureates Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus and colleagues in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster in 1985, and cloned by the laboratory of Kathryn Anderson in 1988. Since then, eleven mammalian Toll genes have been identified. In flies, Toll was first identified as a gene important in embryogenesis in establishing the dorsal-ventral axis. In 1996, Toll was found to have a role in the fly's immunity to fungal infections. Both mammalian and invertebrate Toll genes are required for innate immunity. Toll-like receptors in mammals were identified in 1997 at Yale University by Ruslan Medzhitov and Charles Janeway. Concurrently, Two seperate studies, lead by Shizuo Akira, Bruce A. Beutler and their respective colleagues discovered that the Toll-like receptors act as the principal sensors of infection in mammals. The name of the gene family derives from Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard's 1985 exclamation, "Das ist ja toll!" The exclamation, which translates as "That's amazing!" was in reference to the underdeveloped ventral portion of a fruit fly larva.

Translations for toll

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a tax charged for crossing a bridge, driving on certain roads etc

All cars pay a toll of $1; (also adjective) a toll bridge.

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