What does toll mean?

Definitions for tolltoʊl

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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"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Toll

    tōl, n. a tax for the liberty of passing over a bridge or road, selling goods in a market, &c.: a portion of grain taken by a miller for grinding.—v.t. (Shak.) to exact as a tribute.—adj. Toll′able, subject to toll.—ns. Toll′age, payment of toll: the amount paid as toll; Toll′bar, a movable bar across a road, &c., to stop passengers liable to toll; Toll′booth, a booth where tolls are collected; Toll′bridge, a bridge where toll is taken; Toll′dish, a dish for measuring the toll in mills; Toll′er, Toll′-gath′erer; Toll′gate, a gate where toll is taken; Toll′house, the house of a toll-gatherer; Toll′man, the man who collects toll: a toll-gatherer; Tol′sey (obs.), a tollbooth: an exchange. [A.S. tol, toll; cf. Dut. tol, Ger. zoll; and tell, to count.]

  2. Toll

    tōl, v.i. to sound, as a large bell, esp. with a measured sound, as a funeral bell.—v.t. to cause to sound, as a bell: to strike, or signal by striking.—n. the sound of a bell when tolling.—n. Toll′er. [M. E. tollen, to pull—A.S. tyllan, in for-tyllan, to allure.]

  3. Toll

    tōl, v.t. (law) to take, annul. [L. tollĕre, to take away.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of toll in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of toll in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita:

    Tonight the death toll is heavy.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    From one bell all the bells toll.

  3. Rehmat Saleh Baloch:

    There are many wounded, so the death toll could rise.

  4. Volker Treier:

    Political tensions are taking their toll on the economy.

  5. Victor Masandi:

    The toll from the battle is 16 ADF killed, six AK-47s recovered.

Images & Illustrations of toll

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Translations for toll

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • zvonit, mýto, mýtnéCzech
  • Maut, läuten, AbgabeGerman
  • διόδιαGreek
  • peaje, tocarSpanish
  • soittaa, maksu, yksikköhinta, rahastaa, tulli, soitto, soida, soittaminen, maksullinen, narrata, siirtää, määrätä, veroFinnish
  • péage, sonnerie, sonnerFrench
  • peaxeGalician
  • אגרהHebrew
  • टोलHindi
  • vámHungarian
  • pedaggio, suonare, dazioItalian
  • אַגרָהHebrew
  • 通行料, 有料, 通行料金Japanese
  • ბაჟიGeorgian
  • 통행세Korean
  • pereMāori
  • моста́рина, ѕво́ни, жртви, пата́ринаMacedonian
  • tol, luidenDutch
  • tollNorwegian
  • portagem, badalar, anunciar, pedágioPortuguese
  • сбор, бла́говест, позвони́ть, по́шлина, потеря, жертва, благовестить, пла́та, звон, звони́тьRussian

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