noun, plural tal·lies.
verb (used with object), tal·lied, tal·ly·ing.
verb (used without object), tal·lied, tal·ly·ing.
- tallow tree,
- tallow wood,
- tally clerk,
- tally sheet,
Origin of tally
Examples from the Web for tally
They examined every “poll list, tally sheet, certificate of result, and, where necessary, each ballot.”Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era|Gary May|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We keep a tally of school shootings at The Daily Beast, too, using a slightly different methodology.
The following day, another school shooting at Arapahoe High School added to our tally.
Tally one for the superstition list… no more laundry at night.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins|Nick Willard|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the smoke cleared, a most precious 43-8 tally remained intact.The Impossible Super Bowl Score: First 43-8 Football Game in a Century|Evin Demirel|February 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The chirograph was the precursor of the modern indenture, the commonest form of English deeds, though no longer a tally.
Study became impossible, and he lost his appetite for what food there was left; but the tally on the stick was kept.Last of the Great Scouts|Helen Cody Wetmore
The common practice of bakers and milkmen was to keep a tally on the door-post with chalk.London|Walter Besant
Now examine this pantograph, taken at eight months, and also marked A. Does it tally with the other two?The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Again the inning closed without a tally, and Robinson came in for her last turn at bat.On Your Mark!|Ralph Henry Barbour
verb -lies, -lying or -lied
noun plural -lies
Word Origin for tally
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.