poll

Definitions

  • Poll tweaked off his wig
    Poll tweaked off his wig
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v poll convert into a pollard "pollard trees"
    • v poll get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
    • v poll get the votes of
    • v poll vote in an election at a polling station
    • n poll the counting of votes (as in an election)
    • n poll a tame parrot
    • n poll the part of the head between the ears
    • n poll the top of the head
    • n poll an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Indian election in 1984 was the largest election of any country. Over 379,000,000 voters were eligible to vote at over 480,000 polling stations
    • Poll A number or aggregate of heads; a list or register of heads or individuals. "We are the greater poll , and in true fear
      They gave us our demands."
      "The muster file, rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not to fifteen thousand poll ."
    • n Poll A parrot; -- familiarly so called.
    • n Poll One who does not try for honors, but is content to take a degree merely; a passman.
    • Poll Specifically, the register of the names of electors who may vote in an election.
    • Poll The broad end of a hammer; the but of an ax.
    • Poll The casting or recording of the votes of registered electors; as, the close of the poll . "All soldiers quartered in place are to remove . . . and not to return till one day after the poll is ended."
    • Poll (Zoöl) The European chub. See Pollard, 3 .
    • Poll The head; the back part of the head. "All flaxen was his poll ."
    • Poll The place where the votes are cast or recorded; as, to go to the polls .
    • Poll To cut off; to remove by clipping, shearing, etc.; to mow or crop; -- sometimes with off; as, to poll the hair; to poll wool; to poll grass. "Who, as he polled off his dart's head, so sure he had decreed
      That all the counsels of their war he would poll off like it."
    • Poll (Law) To cut or shave smooth or even; to cut in a straight line without indentation; as, a polled deed. See Deed poll.
    • Poll To enter, as polls or persons, in a list or register; to enroll, esp. for purposes of taxation; to enumerate one by one. "Polling the reformed churches whether they equalize in number those of his three kingdoms."
    • Poll To extort from; to plunder; to strip. "Which polls and pills the poor in piteous wise."
    • Poll To impose a tax upon.
    • Poll To pay as one's personal tax. "The man that polled but twelve pence for his head."
    • Poll To register or deposit, as a vote; to elicit or call forth, as votes or voters; as, he polled a hundred votes more than his opponent. "And poll for points of faith his trusty vote."
    • Poll To remove the poll or head of; hence, to remove the top or end of; to clip; to lop; to shear; as, to poll the head; to poll a tree. "When he [Absalom pollled his head.""His death did so grieve them that they polled themselves; they clipped off their horse and mule's hairs."
    • v. i Poll To vote at an election.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: According to a poll, only 29 percent of married couples agree on most political issues.
    • n poll The head, or the rounded back part of the head, of a person; also, by extension, the head of an animal.
    • n poll Hence A person, an individual enumerated in a list.
    • n poll An enumeration or register of heads or persons, as for the imposition of a poll-tax, or the list or roll of those who have voted at an election.
    • n poll The voting or registering of votes at an election, or the place where the votes are taken: in the United States used chiefly in the plural: as, to go to the poll; the polls will close at four.
    • n poll A poll-tax.
    • n poll The broad end or butt of a hammer.
    • n poll The chub or cheven, Leuciscus cephalus. Also called pollard.
    • poll To remove the top or head of; hence, to cut off the tops of; lop; clip; also, to cut off the hair of; also, to cut, as hair; shear; cut closely; mow; also, to remove the horns of, as cattle: as, to poll tares, hair, wool, or grass.
    • poll In law, to cut even without indenting, as a deed executed by one party. See deed poll, under deed.
    • poll To rob; plunder; despoil, as by excessive taxation.
    • poll To enumerate one by one; enroll in a list or register, as for the purpose of levying a polltax.
    • poll To pay, as a personal tax.
    • poll To canvass or ascertain the opinion of.
    • poll To receive at the polls: as, A polled only 50 votes; also, to cast at the polls: as, a large vote was polled.
    • poll To vote at the polls; bring to the polls.
    • poll To vote at a poll; record a vote, as an elector.
    • n poll A parrot: also called poll-parrot and polly.
    • n poll A student at Cambridge University in England who merely takes a degree, but receives no honors; one who is not a candidate for honors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to a 1995 poll, 1 out of 10 people admitted that they will buy an outfit intending to wear it once and return it.
    • v.t Poll pol (Spens.) to exact from, to plunder.
    • n Poll pol a familiar name, often of a parrot.
    • n Poll pōl the round part of the head, esp. the back of it: a register of heads or persons: the entry of the names of electors who vote for civil officers, such as members of Parliament: an election of civil officers: the place where the votes are taken
    • v.t Poll to remove the top: to cut: to clip: to lop, as the branches of a tree: to enter one's name in a register: to bring to the poll as a voter: to give or to receive a vote
    • v.i Poll to give a vote
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Quotations

  • Kevin Nealon
    Kevin Nealon
    “A new poll showed that if the election was held today, people would be confused because it is normally held in November.”
  • Warren Buffett
    Warren%20Buffett
    “A public opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”
  • Harry S Truman
    Harry%20S%20Truman
    “How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?”

Idioms

Straw poll - A straw poll is a small unofficial survey or ballot to find out what people think about an issue.
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Take a straw poll - If you take a straw poll, you sound a number of people out to see their opinions on an issue or topic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to LG. polle, the head, the crest of a bird, the top of a tree, OD. pol, polle, Dan. puld, the crown of a hat

Usage

In literature:

Down the street scores of patriots are marching to the polls.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
They likewise voted a supply of one million eight hundred thousand pounds, to be levied, partly by a poll-bill, partly by assessments.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
Why, lady, even my children that pay poll tax can't vote.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
A badly ordered poll-tax was the match that kindled the fire.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
The electors went up to the polls and solemnly put in tickets.
"Ethics in Service" by William Howard Taft
He was passed with a nod, and headed for the little closed-off polling place.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
Poll Evil is so-called because it occurs in the region of the poll.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Neither their amendment nor the Negroes' polled enough votes for adoption.
"Susan B. Anthony" by Alma Lutz
The Tartars did not interfere with the people, their institutions, or religion, but they demanded tribute in the form of an annual poll-tax.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
On the poll, also, the cupping is done.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
To-morrow would be the eve of the poll, and at night we were to hold our monster meeting.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay
In a compartment arranged for the purpose in the polling room he marks his ballot and incloses it in the envelope.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
These latter polled 35,046 votes in the Marne, against 40,287 polled by the former.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
A'ter Ben was gone, Poll makes her appearance, and when she finds Ben wasn't in the tap, says, `Young woman, did a man go upstairs just now?
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
He did not disclaim the title, but no inducements could induce him to go to the poll.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
Polling-day hasn't been fixed yet.
"Some Everyday Folk and Dawn" by Miles Franklin
The poll tax was extremely unpopular.
"An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England" by Edward Potts Cheyney
We are only five days from polling, and I cannot spare a minute for anything else.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Every half-hour the state of the poll was brought to them.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
No person except the election officers shall remain within fifty feet of the polls, except when voting.
"Citizenship" by Emma Guy Cromwell
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In poetry:

Poor, crazy Poll is never sad,
She never misses one that dies;
When neighbours show their new-born babes,
They seem familiar to her eyes.
"Mad Poll" by William H Davies
"Now schall y wet and thow be god,
And polle het op to they ner;"
"So god me helpe," seyde the prowde potter,
"Thys ys bot rygzt weke ger."
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
An' Poll don't zit up half the night,
Nor lie vor half the day a-bed;
An' zoo her eyes be sparklèn bright,
An' zoo her cheäks be bloomèn red.
"The Milk-Maid O’ The Farm" by William Barnes
She talks about some battle old,
Fought many a day from yesterday;
And when that war is done, her love—
"Ha, ha!" Poll laughs, and skips away.
"Mad Poll" by William H Davies
I passed an inland-cliff precipitate;
From tiny caves peeped many a soot-black poll;
In each a mother-martin sat elate,
And of the news delivered her small soul.
"Sand Martins" by Jean Ingelow
In painted plumes superbly dress'd,
A native of the gorgeous east,
By many a billow toss'd;
Poll gains at length the British shore,
Part of the captain's precious store,
A present to his toast.
"The Parrot" by William Cowper

In news:

Much Ado about Polling A guide to why polls can change so much.
Polls are opening across Nebraska so voters can answer the final and most important poll on who they want to be president and who they want to represent them in Washington and Lincoln.
Governor Cuomo has allowed New Yorkers who can't make it to their designated polling stations to cast special ballots at any poll site.
When polls showed their candidate ahead, they claimed the polls were spot on.
Notre Dame, Alabama and Georgia are still atop the AP media poll and USA Today coaches poll.
Scanning the news from poll to poll, I find little evidence that the financial lot of women is improving.
1 spot in the computer polls, but the Big 12 took a hit in the human polls after just four Big 12 teams showed up in Sunday's AP rankings.
The six BCS computers like the Cats better than the humans, who gave Arizona a smattering of points in the Harris Interactive Poll and the USC Today coaches poll but not enough to reach the Top 25.
Quick Poll for First Poll of the New Year as of December 12, 2012.
Stephen Colbert is the top choice to replace Senator Jim DeMint, according to a recent poll by Public Policy Polling.
With polling numbers showing that Obama probably will easily take California, some might think they don't need to show up to the polls.
According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, 44 percent of respondents think Santa is a Democrat .
A poll conducted by NBC, The Wall Street Journal and Marist Poll put President Barack Obama one point ahead of Gov Mitt Romney, 48 to 47 percent -- well within the margin of error.
Polls Tags: poll, rage , road.
Two weeks ago, USU garnered 13 votes in the coaches' poll to rank 35th nationally and four votes in the AP poll to rank 40th following a 38-7 home win against Texas State.
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In science:

Random fluid limit of an overloaded polling model.
Queue-Based Random-Access Algorithms: Fluid Limits and Stability Issues
An important goal for future research on MAXQ is to find a general purpose mechanism for avoiding unnecessary “polling”— that is, a mechanism that can discover efficiently-evaluable interrupt conditions.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
However, they cannot poll the positions sj that will take all other traders which will determine the price drift according to (2).
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
The probabilities P+ and P− are the only informations that he can use for all the traders that he does not poll directly.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
Notice that the sum is now restricted to the N (i) neighbors of trader i because the sum over all other traders, whom he cannot poll directly, averages out.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
Polling systems and multitype branching processes in random environment counted by random characteristics, Theory Probab.
Asymptotic properties of the process counted with a random characteristic in the context of fragmentation processes
One way to create a “strong classifier” is to poll all of the weak classifiers and weigh the answers in some way to make a classification decision.
A Near-Term Quantum Computing Approach for Hard Computational Problems in Space Exploration
Here, we consider a particularly simple case of boosting in which the algorithm makes a binary YES/NO decision as to whether to poll a classifier at all, and then simply takes the ma jority vote of the polled classifiers as the final classification.
A Near-Term Quantum Computing Approach for Hard Computational Problems in Space Exploration
As a result, the strong classifier, which simply polls a subset of the classifiers and takes a ma jority vote, can compute the classification of new data points efficiently, as long as the subset of chosen classifiers is not too large.
A Near-Term Quantum Computing Approach for Hard Computational Problems in Space Exploration
How the polled weak classifiers are chosen varies from boosting algorithm to boosting algorithm.
A Near-Term Quantum Computing Approach for Hard Computational Problems in Space Exploration
The goal is to output a subset of “weak classifiers” that, when polled, and a ma jority vote is taken, give the correct label with high probability.
A Near-Term Quantum Computing Approach for Hard Computational Problems in Space Exploration
The election data are officially available online at Russian Central Election Committee website (izbirkom.ru) detailed to a single polling station.
Statistical anomalies in 2011-2012 Russian elections revealed by 2D correlation analysis
Moscow results demonstrate that dispersion across polling stations in each constituency can serve as yet another metrics of election anomalies.
Statistical anomalies in 2011-2012 Russian elections revealed by 2D correlation analysis
While it cannot be taken for granted that electronic polling stations constitute a representative sub-ensemble, these differences are fairly consistent with our estimates above.
Statistical anomalies in 2011-2012 Russian elections revealed by 2D correlation analysis
We found that in 2 of these 8 centers there are reasons to believe that one of the two exit polls might be biased in favor or against the Yes vote.
The 2004 Venezuelan Presidential Recall Referendum: Discrepancies Between Two Exit Polls and Official Results
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