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1    the casting, recording, or counting of votes in an election; a voting  
2    the result or quantity of such a voting  
a heavy poll     
3      (Also called)    opinion poll  
a    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  
b    the results or record of such a canvassing  
4    any counting or enumeration  
a poll of the number of men with long hair     
5       short for       poll tax  
6    a list or enumeration of people, esp. for taxation or voting purposes  
7    the striking face of a hammer  
8    the occipital or back part of the head of an animal  
      vb   mainly tr  
9    to receive (a vote or quantity of votes)  
he polled 10000 votes     
10    to receive, take, or record the votes of  
he polled the whole town     
11    to canvass (a person, group, area, etc.) as part of a survey of opinion  
12      (Chiefly U.S.)   to take the vote, verdict, opinion, etc., individually of each member (of a jury, conference, etc.)  
13    sometimes intr   to cast (a vote) in an election  
14      (Computing)   (in data transmission when several terminals share communications channels) to check each channel rapidly to establish which are free, or to call for data from each terminal in turn  
15    to clip or shear  
16    to remove or cut short the horns of (cattle)  
     (C13 (in the sense: a human head) and C17 (in the modern sense: a counting of heads, votes): from Middle Low German polle hair of the head, head, top of a tree; compare Swedish pull crown of the head)  

advance poll  
      n     (Canadian)   (in an election) a poll held prior to election day to permit voters who expect to be absent then to cast their ballots  
deed poll  
      n     (Law)   a deed made by one party only, esp. one by which a person changes his name  
exit poll  
      n   a poll taken by an organization by asking people how they voted in an election as they leave a polling station  
Gallup Poll  
      n   a sampling by the American Institute of Public Opinion or its British counterpart of the views of a representative cross section of the population, used esp. as a means of forecasting voting  
opinion poll  
      n      another term for a       poll       3  
poll tax  
1    a tax levied per head of adult population  
2       an informal name for       community charge  
Red Poll   , Polled  
      n   a red hornless short-haired breed of beef and dairy cattle  
straw poll   ,   (chiefly U.S., Canadian, and N.Z.)   vote  
      n   an unofficial poll or vote taken to determine the opinion of a group or the public on some issue  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    figures, returns, tally, vote, voting  
2    ballot, canvass, census, count, Gallup Poll, (public) opinion poll, sampling, survey  
3    register, tally  
4    ballot, canvass, fly a kite, interview, question, sample, survey  

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