an account or reckoning; a record of debit and credit, of the score of a game, or the like.
Also called tally stick . a stick of wood with notches cut to indicate the amount of a debt or payment, often split lengthwise across the notches, the debtor retaining one piece and the creditor the other.
anything on which a score or account is kept.
a notch or mark made on or in a tally.
a number or group of items recorded.
a mark made to register a certain number of items, as four consecutive vertical lines with a diagonal line through them to indicate a group of five.
a number of objects serving as a unit of computation.
a ticket, label, or mark used as a means of identification, classification, etc.
anything corresponding to another thing as a counterpart or duplicate.
to mark or enter on a tally; register; record.
to count or reckon up.
to furnish with a tally or identifying label.
to cause to correspond or agree.
to correspond, as one part of a tally with the other; accord or agree: Does his story tally with hers?
to score a point or make a goal, as in a game.
- tal·li·er, noun
- re·tal·ly, noun, plural re·tal·lies, verb, re·tal·lied, re·tal·ly·ing.
- un·tal·lied, adjective
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How to use tally in a sentence
Potentially vulnerable systems include the websites that report vote tallies and county websites that direct voters to polling places.DHS plans largest operation to secure U.S. election against hacking | Joseph Marks | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
There’s no master list of QAnon-linked candidates, but some organizations and news outlets have compiled running tallies.QAnon Isn’t Going To Take Over Congress In 2020. But It’s Found A Home In The GOP. | Kaleigh Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org) | October 29, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Vote tallies will be audited after the election in several ways, Gannon said.Officials stress security of election systems after U.S. reveals new Iranian and Russian efforts | Amy Gardner, Isaac Stanley-Becker, Elise Viebeck | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Despite a ramp-up in testing, we are undoubtedly missing many coronavirus deaths in the grand tally.
I kept tally throughout the day, and found it broke at almost exactly 50-50 between those who agreed and those who disagreed.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
That level, the highest since UMTRI began tallying it several years ago, has been reached four times so far this year.July was the Greenest Month Ever for U.S. Car Sales | Anna Batchelor | August 6, 2013 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Inside the office, the clerks worked with their customary deliberation, tallying the accounts for the receiver.The Substitute Prisoner | Max Marcin
At last the mate left—how or why I do not know—and from thenceforward no pretence was made of tallying in the cargo at all.The Log of a Sea-Waif | Frank T. Bullen
He made a swing around his beaver lakes, tallying the blankets in each house.Cat and Mouse | Ralph Williams
Then we were counted, also some half-a-dozen times, to assure the totals tallying.Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons | Henry Charles Mahoney
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
British Dictionary definitions for tally
(intr) to correspond one with the other: the two stories don't tally
(tr) to supply with an identifying tag
(intr) to keep score
(tr) obsolete to record or mark
any record of debit, credit, the score in a game, etc
a ticket, label, or mark, used as a means of identification, classification, etc
a counterpart or duplicate of something, such as the counterfoil of a cheque
a stick used (esp formerly) as a record of the amount of a debt according to the notches cut in it
a notch or mark cut in or made on such a stick
a mark or number of marks used to represent a certain number in counting
Australian and NZ the total number of sheep shorn by one shearer in a specified period of time
- tallier, noun
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