[ pohl ]
/ poʊl /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

Nearby words

  1. polk, james k.,
  2. polk, james knox,
  3. polka,
  4. polka dot,
  5. polka dots,
  6. poll end,
  7. poll evil,
  8. poll parrot,
  9. poll tax,
  10. poll watcher

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 formspoll·a·ble, adjectivepoll·er, nounre·poll·ing, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for polling


/ (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


/ (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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