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1 an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people [syn: opinion poll, public opinion poll, canvass]
2 the top of the head [syn: pate, crown]
3 the part of the head between the ears
4 a tame parrot [syn: poll parrot]
5 the counting of votes (as in an election)


1 get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions [syn: canvass, canvas]
2 vote in an election at a polling station
3 get the votes of
4 convert into a pollard; "pollard trees" [syn: pollard]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

From polle, (recorded in English since c.1290), from or pol. Meaning "collection of votes" is first recorded 1625, from notion of "counting heads"


  • a Australia /paɔl/, /paOl/
  • a UK /pəʊl/, /p@Ul/
  • a US /poʊl/, /poUl/


  1. An election or a survey of a particular group.
    The student council had a poll to see what people want served in the cafeteria.
    The network hub polled the department's computers to determine which ones could still respond.
  2. a place voters cast ballots
    The polls close at 8 p.m.
  3. Hair
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      ...the doctor, as if to hear better, had taken off his powdered wig, and sat there, looking very strange indeed with his own close-cropped black poll.
Derived terms
An election or a survey of a particular group
place to vote
  • Greek: κάλπη (kálpi)


  1. To solicit mock votes from (a person or group).
To solicit mock votes from (a person or group)

Etymology 2


  1. To remove the horns of (an animal).
To remove the horns of (an animal)

Etymology 3


  • a UK /pɒl/, /pQl/


  1. A tame parrot.


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Etymology 1

Extensive Definition

Poll or polling may refer to:

Figurative head counts




See also

  • Pole (disambiguation)
  • Paul (disambiguation)
poll in German: Polling
poll in Dutch: Poll

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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