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 tallying
Tallying up all the potential years of life lost annually due to alcohol-related deaths, the total reaches 2.5 million years.
For the last several years, Hybridcars.com has been tallying the number of hybrid vehicles sold every month.
They calculate the rating by tallying the numbers of cars sold in the month by model and creating a blended average.U.S. Car Fleet Sold in August Most Fuel-Efficient Ever|William O’Connor|September 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
No one is really keeping a moral scorecard, tallying up the sex scandals and rendering a judgment.How to Survive a Sex Scandal: Mark Sanford Edition|David Freedlander|April 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Experts differ on what factors to include and exclude when tallying costs.Ploughshares Fund Uses Its Millions to Sway Arms Control Debate|Eli Lake|December 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The tallying officer, without regard to the person of the visitor, slapped Nekhludoff on the back.The Awakening|Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
At the other end of the fish hold another of the Ferrara boys was tallying in fish.Poor Man's Rock|Bertrand W. Sinclair
The two men squatted on the floor, tallying over the specimens they had already collected, and looking about them for more.The Power and the Glory|Grace MacGowan Cooke
Lightsom went then to tallying with his clawlike finger upon his beak of a nose.The Red Tavern|Charles Raymond Macauley
I am not a believer in a vicarious existence, living by proxy and tallying each minute, each crisis, by something in a book.Aliens|William McFee
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.