verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of poll1
Related Words for pollingcount, survey, vote, opinion, voting, ballot, enroll, register, tally, canvass, examine, interview, sampling, sample, list
Examples from the Web for polling
Contemporary Examples of polling
They are, to say the least, preparing for civil war (the polling stations are stormed by armed gangs).Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
How the polling firms and the media adjust to new realities also seems to be a rather long arc.The Gun Battle Since Newtown
December 14, 2014
Where necessary, the commission will provide pens in polling booths that will be routinely sanitized.Liberian Senatorial Elections Defy Ebola
December 1, 2014
After all, almost everyone with the inclination to vote will show up at a polling place.Did a Flawed Computer Model Sabotage the Democrats?
November 10, 2014
Her old sister, Marianne, had showed up to her polling place wearing a black skirt, black top, and black heels.Meet Gina Raimondo, the Only Democratic Star of 2014
November 6, 2014
Historical Examples of polling
His name had not been placed in nomination until the 35th polling of the delegates.
Even after you've hypnotised him you have to drag him to your polling booth in motor cars.Gossamer
George A. Birmingham
The arrangement, as he explained it to me, was that the whole thing was to end with the polling.The Master of Mrs. Chilvers
Jerome K. Jerome
The polling booth was erected in the centre of the marketplace.My Novel, Complete
I will fling a hint at it from the stump on the polling day.The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- the casting or registering of votes at an election
- (as modifier)polling day
- a canvassing of a representative sample of a large group of people on some question in order to determine the general opinion of the group
- the results or record of such a canvassing
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for poll
"head," early 14c., polle "hair of the head; piece of fur from the head of an animal," also "head," from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pol "head, top." Sense extended early 14c. to "person, individual." Meaning "collection of votes" is first recorded 1620s, from notion of "counting heads;" meaning "survey of public opinion" is first recorded 1902. Poll tax, literally "head tax," is from 1690s. Literal use in English tends toward the part of the head where the hair grows.
"to cut, trim," late 14c., "to cut short the hair" (of an animal or person), from poll (n.). Of trees or plants from 1570s. Related: Polled; polling.
fem. proper name, short for Polly. Noted from 1620s as a parrot's name.