[ pohl ]
/ poʊl /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to vote at the polls; give one's vote.

Origin of poll

1250–1300; Middle English polle (hair of the) head < Middle Low German: hair of the head, top of a tree or other plant; akin to Danish puld, Swedish pull crown of the head

Related forms

poll·a·ble, adjectivepoll·er, nounre·poll·ing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for polling (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpəʊlɪŋ) /


  1. the casting or registering of votes at an election
  2. (as modifier)polling day
the conducting of a public opinion poll
computing the automatic interrogation of terminals by a central controlling machine to determine if they are ready to receive or transmit messages

British Dictionary definitions for polling (2 of 2)


/ (pəʊl) /


verb (mainly tr)

Word Origin for poll

C13 (in the sense: a human head) and C17 (in the modern sense: a counting of heads, votes): from Middle Low German polle hair of the head, head, top of a tree; compare Swedish pull crown of the head
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