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Definition of Poll


  1. A parrot; -- familiarly so called.
  2. One who does not try for honors, but is content to take a degree merely; a passman.
  3. The head; the back part of the head.
  4. A number or aggregate of heads; a list or register of heads or individuals.
  5. Specifically, the register of the names of electors who may vote in an election.
  6. The casting or recording of the votes of registered electors; as, the close of the poll.
  7. The place where the votes are cast or recorded; as, to go to the polls.
  8. The broad end of a hammer; the but of an ax.
  9. The European chub. See Pollard, 3 (a).
  10. To remove the poll or head of; hence, to remove the top or end of; to clip; to lop; to shear; as, to poll the head; to poll a tree.
  11. To cut off; to remove by clipping, shearing, etc.; to mow or crop; -- sometimes with off; as, to poll the hair; to poll wool; to poll grass.
  12. To extort from; to plunder; to strip.
  13. To impose a tax upon.
  14. To pay as one's personal tax.
  15. To enter, as polls or persons, in a list or register; to enroll, esp. for purposes of taxation; to enumerate one by one.
  16. To register or deposit, as a vote; to elicit or call forth, as votes or voters; as, he polled a hundred votes more than his opponent.
  17. To cut or shave smooth or even; to cut in a straight line without indentation; as, a polled deed. See Dee/ poll.
  18. To vote at an election.

Poll Quotations

Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish.
Billy Graham

Leadership can not be measured in a poll or even in the result of an election. It can only be truly seen with the benefit of time. From the perspective of 20 years, not 20 days.
Marco Rubio

A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.
Warren Buffett

In Egypt, on the eve of Tahrir Square, there was a major poll which found that overwhelmingly - 80-90%, numbers like that - Egyptians regarded the main threats they face as the U.S. and Israel. They don't like Iran - Arabs generally don't like Iran - but they didn't consider it a threat.
Noam Chomsky

Every poll about the Left, the Right, and happiness reveals that the farther left one goes, the less happy the person is likely to be.
Dennis Prager
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Poll Translations

poll in German is Abstimmung {f}
poll in Italian is inchiesta
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