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  1. pollingnoun

    the action of taking a poll

  2. pollingnoun

    A technique that continually interrogates a peripheral device to see if it has data to transfer

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polling

    of Poll

  2. Pollingnoun

    the act of topping, lopping, or cropping, as trees or hedges

  3. Pollingnoun

    plunder, or extortion

  4. Pollingnoun

    the act of voting, or of registering a vote

  5. Etymology: [See Poll the head.]


  1. Polling

    Polling, or polled operation, in computer science, refers to actively sampling the status of an external device by a client program as a synchronous activity. Polling is most often used in terms of input/output, and is also referred to as polled I/O or software-driven I/O. Polling is sometimes used synonymously with busy-wait polling. In this situation, when an I/O operation is required, the computer does nothing other than check the status of the I/O device until it is ready, at which point the device is accessed. In other words, the computer waits until the device is ready. Polling also refers to the situation where a device is repeatedly checked for readiness, and if it is not, the computer returns to a different task. Although not as wasteful of CPU cycles as busy waiting, this is generally not as efficient as the alternative to polling, interrupt-driven I/O. In a simple single-purpose system, even busy-wait is perfectly appropriate if no action is possible until the I/O access, but more often than not this was traditionally a consequence of simple hardware or non-multitasking operating systems. Polling is often intimately involved with very low-level hardware. For example, polling a parallel printer port to check whether it is ready for another character involves examining as little as one bit of a byte. That bit represents, at the time of reading, whether a single wire in the printer cable is at low or high voltage. The I/O instruction that reads this byte directly transfers the voltage state of eight real world wires to the eight circuits that make up one byte of a CPU register.

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  1. polling

    The number of people voting at an election and their choice.

    The polling information was an accurate reflection of the countries choice for a unity government.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polling in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of polling in a Sentence

  1. Texas Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez:

    If you're polling in the low single digits and you're not raising resources, I mean it's clearly a recipe for disaster.

  2. Tammy Patrick:

    Election officials are aware of this. They have protocols in place for securing the polling place and training of poll workers in this moment. part of the issue also is that when you have individuals that are outside of a polling place electioneering for their candidate, that is perfectly legal in every state, as long as they're outside of the legal limit.

  3. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope:

    I think it's good to have one standard statewide for all different polling places. We use schools, churches, and government offices, and trying to figure out what regulations apply to what location is very confusing for us who are not law enforcement specialists i really appreciate having an answer that we can give to our voters and to our election workers.

  4. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers ':

    We've had significant retraction as far as the number of polling places that are open. Clearly, anybody that can do basic math understands if you have fewer places to serve voters, you will have larger numbers at those sites -- numbers that will easily strain the system and frankly cause more... negative results for people who are there.

  5. Matt Strawn:

    That personal retail nature of Iowa caucus very may well be an antidote to whatever polling a potential candidate may have back home, the fact that especially Gov. Christie and Gov. Walker were able to win multiple elections in states not traditionally hospitable to Republicans says more than any temporary snapshot of approval ratings back home.

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