Definition for POLL

POLL, v.t.

  1. To lop the tops of trees. – Bacon.
  2. To clip; to cut off the ends; to cut off hair or wool; to shear. The phrases, to poll the hair, and to poll the head, have been used. The latter is used in 2 Sam. xiv. 26. To poll a deed, is a phrase still used in law language. – Z. Swift.
  3. To mow; to crop. [Not used.] Shak.
  4. To peel; to strip; to plunder. [Obs.] – Bacon. Spenser.
  5. To take a list or register of persons; to enter names in a list.
  6. To enter one's name in a list or register. – Dryden.
  7. To insert into a number as a voter. – Tickel.

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