verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- polk, james k.,
- polk, james knox,
- polka dot,
- polka dots,
- poll end,
- poll evil,
- poll parrot,
- poll tax,
- poll watcher
Origin of poll1
Examples from the Web for 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|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
How the polling firms and the media adjust to new realities also seems to be a rather long arc.
Where necessary, the commission will provide pens in polling booths that will be routinely sanitized.
After all, almost everyone with the inclination to vote will show up at a polling place.Did a Flawed Computer Model Sabotage the Democrats?|Ben Jacobs|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Colorado did away with polling places altogether and went to an all vote-by-mail system.
His name had not been in nomination until the third polling of the delegates at the national convention.
I will fling a hint at it from the stump on the polling day.The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Names taken from tombstones in the cemeteries and from the register of births found their way to the polling registers.The Boss and the Machine|Samuel P. Orth
Generally speaking, in the most populous places, the polling was concluded within the two days allowed by the act.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
The day after the polling a farm labourer was asked how he filled up his voting paper.Field and Hedgerow|Richard Jefferies
- 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 take the votes of," 1620s, from poll (n.). Related: Polled; polling. A deed poll "deed executed by one party only," is from earlier verbal meaning "cut the hair of," because the deed was cut straight rather than indented (see indent).
"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.