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poll

noun \ ˈpōl \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of poll

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

Examples of poll in a Sentence

  1. The magazine conducted a poll to find out the favorite 100 movies of all time.

  2. A recent poll shows a decrease in the number of teenagers who smoke.

  3. The polls are open until 8:00 tonight.

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Origin and Etymology of poll

Middle English pol, polle, from Middle Low German

poll Synonyms

Synonyms
bean, block [slang], dome, mazard (or mazzard) [chiefly dialect], nob, noddle, noggin, noodle, nut [slang], pate, head
Related Words
cranium, crown, scalp, skull; occiput

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poll

verb

Definition of poll

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 test (devices, such as several computer terminals sharing a single line) in sequence for messages to be transmitted
intransitive verb
: to cast one's vote at a poll

pollee

play \pō-ˈlē\ noun

poller

play \ˈpō-lər\ noun

Examples of poll in a Sentence

  1. About half of the people polled had tried smoking.

  2. The conservative candidate polled more than 10,000 votes in the last election.

Recent Examples of poll from the Web

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First Known Use of poll

14th century

poll Synonyms

Synonyms
interview, canvass, solicit, survey
Related Words
circularize; interrogate, question; feel (out), sound (out)
Near Antonyms
report


POLL Defined for English Language Learners

poll

noun

Definition of poll for English Language Learners

  • : an activity in which several or many people are asked a question or a series of questions in order to get information about what most people think about something

  • : the record of votes that were made by people in an election

  • : the number of votes made in an election


poll

verb

Definition of poll for English Language Learners

  • : to ask (several or many people) a question or a series of questions in order to get information about what most people think about something

  • : to receive (a specified number or percentage of votes) in an election


POLL Defined for Kids

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poll

noun \ ˈpōl \

Definition of poll for Students

1 : the casting or recording of the votes or opinions of a number of persons
  • A poll showed a decrease in student interest.
2 : the place where votes are cast usually used in pl.
  • We go to the polls tomorrow.

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poll

verb

Definition of poll for Students

polled; polling
: to question in order to get information or opinions about something
  • She polled her classmates on their study habits.

Medical Dictionary

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poll

noun \ ˈpōl \

medical Definition of poll

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

Illustration of poll


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poll

transitive verb

medical Definition of poll

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

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poll

adjective

medical Definition of poll

: having no horns


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