poll

1 of 2

noun

1
: head
2
a
: the top or back of the head
b
: nape
3
: the broad or flat end of a striking tool (such as a hammer)
4
a(1)
: the casting or recording of the votes of a body of persons
(2)
: a counting of votes cast
b
: the place where votes are cast or recorded
usually used in plural
at the polls
c
: the period of time during which votes may be cast at an election
d
: the total number of votes recorded
a heavy poll
5
a
: a questioning or canvassing of persons selected at random or by quota to obtain information or opinions to be analyzed
b
: a record of the information so obtained

poll

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verb

polled; polling; polls

transitive verb

1
a
: to cut off or cut short the hair or wool of : crop, shear
b
: to cut off or cut short (a material, such as wool)
2
a
: to cut off or back the top of (something, such as a tree)
specifically : pollard
b
: to cut off or cut short the horns of (cattle)
3
a
: to receive and record the votes of
b
: to request each member of to declare a vote individually
poll the assembly
4
: to receive (votes) in an election
5
: to question or canvass in a poll
6
: to check (devices, such as several computer terminals sharing a single line) in sequence for messages waiting to be transmitted

intransitive verb

: to cast one's vote at a poll
pollee noun
poller noun

Example Sentences

Noun The magazine conducted a poll to find out the favorite 100 movies of all time. A recent poll shows a decrease in the number of teenagers who smoke. The polls are open until 8:00 tonight. Verb About half of the people polled had tried smoking. The conservative candidate polled more than 10,000 votes in the last election.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Herschel Walker remains tight in Georgia, an AARP poll finds. Alexandra Marquez, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2022 The public is split over Mr. Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan, an October Wall Street Journal poll found, but Black, Latino and younger voters strongly support the program. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 The latest eruption of this never-ending drama began last week with an opinion poll that showed support for Brexit had fallen to its lowest level yet. Mark Landler, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 Over the weekend, the Tesla CEO made good on the promise, reinstating Trump's account after a slim majority of respondents to an online poll by Musk voted for Trump's return. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 21 Nov. 2022 An Associated Press poll found that democracy ranked a close second to inflation among voters’ concerns. Doyle Mcmanuswashington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2022 An Ipsos poll across 34 nations found that 55% of respondents plan to tune in. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Nov. 2022 In an August poll from the University of Texas/Texas Politics Project, more than half of Texans at least somewhat support state subsidized busing of asylum-seeking migrants to other parts of the country. Shelly Hagan, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2022 An October poll for Baltimore Sun Media and the University of Baltimore showed that nearly two-thirds of likely voters planned to support legalization. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 8 Nov. 2022
Verb
The flood of online harassment that Griswold has experienced over the past two years is indicative of a tide of threats that have targeted election workers at all levels, from secretaries of state to poll workers. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2022 In their joint intelligence assessment, the FBI and DHS warned that domestic violent extremists pose a heightened threat to the 2022 midterm elections for a variety of reasons, including making physical threats to poll workers. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2022 Representatives from the Criminal Division will also take complaints of other alleged election crimes, such as threats to poll workers or voter intimidation. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2022 Brown also said that given the 12-hour days, and the lack of in-person absentee voting in Alabama, more compensation should be provided to poll workers. al, 18 Sep. 2022 Here's a reminder of the dynamics in each race, as well as an hour-by-hour guide to poll closing times for those races. Alexandra Marquez, NBC News, 8 Nov. 2022 Ohio State also picked up its most first-place votes of the year in the coaches poll with four. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 25 Sep. 2022 Hogan, one of the most popular governors in the country, continues to poll well in Maryland. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2020 And that, in turn, leads to poll numbers with sharply negative ratings for the U.S. economy, with two-thirds calling it bad; these are the worst numbers since the depths of the pandemic in the summer of 2020. Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 21 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English pol, polle, from Middle Low German

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of poll was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Poll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poll. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

poll 1 of 2

noun

1
b
: the top or back of the head
2
a
: the casting or recording of votes
b
: the place where votes are cast or recorded
usually used in plural
at the polls
3
: a questioning of persons to obtain information or opinions

poll

2 of 2

verb

1
a
: to take and record the votes of
b
: to request each member of to declare his or her vote individually
poll a jury
2
: to receive votes in an election
the candidate polled 10,000 votes
3
: to question (people) or cover (an area) in a poll
4
: to cast one's vote at a poll
poller noun

Medical Definition

poll 1 of 3

noun

: the head or a part of it
especially : the region between the ears of some quadrupeds (as a horse)

poll

2 of 3

transitive verb

: to cut off or cut short the horns of (cattle)

poll

3 of 3

adjective

: having no horns

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