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poll (n.)

"head," early 14c., polle "hair of the head; piece of fur from the head of an animal," also "head," from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pol "head, top." Sense extended early 14c. to "person, individual." Meaning "collection of votes" is first recorded 1620s, from notion of "counting heads;" meaning "survey of public opinion" is first recorded 1902. Poll tax, literally "head tax," is from 1690s. Literal use in English tends toward the part of the head where the hair grows.

poll (v.1)

"to take the votes of," 1620s, from poll (n.). Related: Polled; polling. A deed poll "deed executed by one party only," is from earlier verbal meaning "cut the hair of," because the deed was cut straight rather than indented (see indenture (n.)).

poll (v.2)

"to cut, trim," late 14c., "to cut short the hair" (of an animal or person), from poll (n.). Of trees or plants from 1570s. Related: Polled; polling.

Poll

fem. proper name, short for Polly. Noted from 1620s as a parrot's name.

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Definitions of poll from WordNet
1
poll (n.)
an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people;
Synonyms: opinion poll / public opinion poll / canvass
poll (n.)
the top of the head;
Synonyms: pate / crown
poll (n.)
the part of the head between the ears;
poll (n.)
a tame parrot;
Synonyms: poll parrot
poll (n.)
the counting of votes (as in an election);
2
poll (v.)
get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions;
Synonyms: canvass
poll (v.)
vote in an election at a polling station;
poll (v.)
get the votes of;
poll (v.)
convert into a pollard;
Synonyms: pollard
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