Dictionary: TOL-ING – TO-MA'TO

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TOL-ING, ppr.

Drawing away; inducing to follow.

TOLL, n.1 [Sax. toll; D. tol; Sw. tull; Dan. told; G. zoll; W. toll, a fraction, a toll; toli and toliaw, to curtail, to diminish, to take away, to spare or save, to deal out, from tawl, a throw, a casting off, a separation, a cutting off; tolli, from toll, to subtract, to take toll; Gr. τελος, toll, custom, and end, exit, from cutting off; Fr. tailler, to cut off, (see Tail;) Ir. deilim, to separate; dail, a share, Eng. dole; diolam, to sell, to exchange, to pay toll. This is from the root of deal. See Deal, Sax. bedælan. Class Dl, No. 12.]

  1. A tax paid for some liberty or privilege, particularly for the privilege of passing over a bridge or on a highway, or for that of vending goods in a fair, market or the like.
  2. A liberty to buy and sell within the bounds of a manor. Cyc.
  3. A portion of grain taken by a miller as a compensation for grinding.

TOLL, n.2

A particular sounding of a bell.

TOLL, v.i.1

  1. To pay toll or tallage. Shak.
  2. To take toll, as by a miller. Tusser.

TOLL, v.i.2 [W. tol, tolo, a loud sound, a din; Pers. قَاليدَنْ talidan, to sound, to ring. We see that W. tawl, supra, is a throw or cast, a driving, and this is the radical sense of sound.]

To sound or ring, as a bell, with strokes uniformly repeated at intervals, as at funerals, or in calling assemblies, or to announce the death of a person. Now sink in sorrows with a tolling bell. Pope.

TOLL, v.t.1 [supra.]

To cause a bell to sound with strokes slowly and uniformly repeated, as for summoning pubic bodies or religious congregations to their meetings, or for announcing the death of a person, or to give solemnity to a funeral. Tolling is a different thing from ringing.

TOLL, v.t.2 [L. tollo.]

  1. To take away; to vacate; to annul; a law term.
  2. To draw. [See Tole.] Bacon.

TOLL-BAR, n. [toll and bar.]

A bar or beam used for stopping boats on a canal at the toll-house, or on a road for stopping passengers.

TOLL-BOOTH, n. [toll and booth.]

  1. A place where goods are weighed to ascertain the duties or toll.
  2. A prison. Ainstrortk.


To imprison in a toll-booth. Corbet.


A bridge where toll is paid for passing it.


A dish for measuring toll in mills.


  1. One who collects taxes; a toll-gatherer. Barret.
  2. One who tolls a bell.


A gate where toll is taken.


The man who takes toll.


A house or shed placed by a road near a toll-gate, or at the end of a toll-bridge, or by a canal, where the man who takes the toll remains.

TOLL-ING, ppr.

  1. Causing to sound in a slow grave manner.
  2. Taking away; removing.
  3. Sounding, as a bell.

TOLT, n. [L. tollit, tollo.]

In English courts, the precept of a sherif, by which a writ of right is removed from the court baron into the county court. Blackstone.


A resin, or oleo-resin produced by a tree of South America, the Myrospermum toluiferum. It is said to have been first brought from a place called Tolu. In medicine, it is called Balsam of Tolu.

TOL-U-TA'TION, a. [L. toluto.]

A pacing or ambling. [Not used.] Brown. Hudibras.


An Indian hatchet.

TOM'A-HAWK, v.t.

To cut or kill with a hatchet called a tomahawk.


Smitten or killed with a tomahawk.


Striking or killing with a tomakawk.

TO-MA'TO, n.

A plant, and its fruit, the Lycopersicum esculentum of late botanists, and the Solanum lycopersicum of the older ones. It is called sometimes the love-apple.