- an account or reckoning; a record of debit and credit, of the score of a game, or the like.
- Also called tally stick. a stick of wood with notches cut to indicate the amount of a debt or payment, often split lengthwise across the notches, the debtor retaining one piece and the creditor the other.
- anything on which a score or account is kept.
- a notch or mark made on or in a tally.
- a number or group of items recorded.
- a mark made to register a certain number of items, as four consecutive vertical lines with a diagonal line through them to indicate a group of five.
- a number of objects serving as a unit of computation.
- a ticket, label, or mark used as a means of identification, classification, etc.
- anything corresponding to another thing as a counterpart or duplicate.
- to mark or enter on a tally; register; record.
- to count or reckon up.
- to furnish with a tally or identifying label.
- to cause to correspond or agree.
- to correspond, as one part of a tally with the other; accord or agree: Does his story tally with hers?
- to score a point or make a goal, as in a game.
Origin of tally
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Examples from the Web for tallying
Tallying up all the potential years of life lost annually due to alcohol-related deaths, the total reaches 2.5 million years.Excessive Drinking Kills 1 in 10 Americans
June 26, 2014
For the last several years, Hybridcars.com has been tallying the number of hybrid vehicles sold every month.Hybrid Cars Are Niche No More
The Daily Beast
June 6, 2014
They calculate the rating by tallying the numbers of cars sold in the month by model and creating a blended average.U.S. Car Fleet Sold in August Most Fuel-Efficient Ever
September 16, 2013
No one is really keeping a moral scorecard, tallying up the sex scandals and rendering a judgment.How to Survive a Sex Scandal: Mark Sanford Edition
April 5, 2013
Experts differ on what factors to include and exclude when tallying costs.Ploughshares Fund Uses Its Millions to Sway Arms Control Debate
December 13, 2011
But what I dont understand is why Rand was tallying on our wire.The Flying Reporter
Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
After the death-dealing current had gone on the work of tallying began.The Johnstown Flood
Richard K. Fox
Their answers not tallying with my memorandum, they were to be sent to the right-about.The Betrayal of John Fordham
B.L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
At the other end of the fish hold another of the Ferrara boys was tallying in fish.Poor Man's Rock
Bertrand W. Sinclair
Upon Sheldon fell the unpleasant task of tallying the heads.Adventure
- (intr) to correspond one with the otherthe two stories don't tally
- (tr) to supply with an identifying tag
- (intr) to keep score
- (tr) obsolete to record or mark
- any record of debit, credit, the score in a game, etc
- a ticket, label, or mark, used as a means of identification, classification, etc
- a counterpart or duplicate of something, such as the counterfoil of a cheque
- a stick used (esp formerly) as a record of the amount of a debt according to the notches cut in it
- a notch or mark cut in or made on such a stick
- a mark or number of marks used to represent a certain number in counting
- Australian and NZ the total number of sheep shorn by one shearer in a specified period of time
Word Origin and History for tallying
mid-15c., "stick marked with notches to indicate amount owed or paid," from Anglo-French tallie (early 14c.), Anglo-Latin talea (late 12c.), from Medieval Latin tallia, from Latin talea "a cutting, rod, stick" (see tailor, and cf. sense history of score). Meaning "a thing that matches another" first recorded 1650s, said to be from practice of splitting a tally lengthwise, debtor and creditor each retaining one of the halves. Sports sense of "a total score" is from 1856.
mid-15c., from Medieval Latin talliare "to tax," from tallia (see tally (n.)). Related: Tallied; tallying.