• WordNet 3.6
    • v tally determine the sum of "Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town"
    • v tally keep score, as in games
    • v tally gain points in a game "The home team scored many times","He hit a home run","He hit .300 in the past season"
    • v tally be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics "The two stories don't agree in many details","The handwriting checks with the signature on the check","The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"
    • n tally a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely "the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th","their first tally came in the 3rd inning"
    • n tally the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order "the counting continued for several hours"
    • n tally a bill for an amount due
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first U.S. census to be tallied by computer was in 1950. UNIVAC did the tallying.
    • Tally A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make or earn a tally in a game.
    • Tally A tally shop. See Tally shop, below.
    • Tally Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book; especially, one kept in duplicate.
    • Tally One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate. "They were framed the tallies for each other."
    • Tally Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number; later, one of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept.
    • adv Tally Stoutly; with spirit.
    • Tally To be fitted; to suit; to correspond; to match. "I found pieces of tiles that exactly tallied with the channel.""Your idea . . . tallies exactly with mine."
    • Tally (Naut) To check off, as parcels of freight going inboard or outboard.
    • Tally To make a tally; to score; as, to tally in a game.
    • Tally To score with correspondent notches; hence, to make to correspond; to cause to fit or suit. "They are not so well tallied to the present juncture."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tally An Italian: as, the Tallies are working on the railroad. Dialect Notes, II. vi.
    • n tally A piece of wood on which notches or scores are cut to mark numbers, as in keeping an account or giving a receipt; loosely, anything on which a score or an account is kept. Before the use of writing, or before writing became general, this or something like it was the usual method of keeping accounts. In purchasing and selling it was customary to make duplicate tallies of the transaction, or to split one tally through the middle. In the English Exchequer tallies were used till 1812, which answered the purpose of receipts as well as simple records of matters of account. An Exchequer tally was an account of a sum of money lent to the government, or of a sum for which the government would be responsible. The tally itself consisted of a squared rod of hazel or other wood, having on one side notches indicating the sum for which the tally was an acknowledgment. On two other sides, opposite to each other, the amount of the sum, the name of the payer, and the date of the transaction were written by an officer called the writer of the tallies. This being done, the rod was then cleft longitudinally in such a manner that each piece retained one of the written sides, and one half of every notch cut in the tally. One of these parts, the counterfoil or counterstock, was kept in the Exchequer, and only the other, the stock, issued. When the part issued was returned to the Exchequer (usually in payment of taxes) the two parts were compared, as a check against fraudulent imitation. This was called tally or tallies. The size of the notches made on the tallies varied with the amount. The notch for £100 was the breadth of a thumb; for £1 the breadth of a barleycorn. A penny was indicated by a slight slit.
    • n tally A score kept upon a notched stick or by other means; a reckoning; an account; a record as of debit and credit or of the score in a game.
    • n tally A mark made to register a certain number of objects; one of a series of consecutive marks by which a number of objects are recorded or checked; also, a number as thus recorded; a number serving as a unit of computation. Thus, when packages of goods of uniform size and character are being delivered and an account of them taken, every fifth mark usually is called tally, and in counting aloud the word tally is used instead of five, after which the enumeration begins again; this is marked on a clerk's book, tally being the diagonal mark; though sometimes each mark is a tally, and the fifth or diagonal one is a tally of tallies.
    • n tally A ticket or label of wood, metal, or the like used as a means of identification; specifically, in horticulture, such a ticket bearing either a number referring to a catalogue, or the name of the plant with which it is connected.
    • n tally By extension, anything corresponding to another as duplicate or counterpart.
    • n tally An abbreviation of tally-shop.
    • tally To mark or record on a tally; score; register.
    • tally To reckon; count; sum: with up.
    • tally To score with corresponding notches; hence, to cause to conform; suit; adapt; match.
    • tally To parallel; do or return in kind.
    • tally Nautical, to put aft, as the sheets or lower corners of the mainsail and foresail.
    • tally To correspond, as one part of a tally to the other; conform; agree.
    • tally In basset, faro, etc., to act as banker.
    • n tally Same as tally-ho.
    • tally Same as tally-ho.
    • tally In a tall manner. Properly; fittingly; becomingly; finely.
    • tally Stoutly; boldly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tally tal′i a stick cut or notched to match another stick, used to mark numbers or keep accounts by—(down to the beginning of the 19th century these were used in England for keeping accounts in Exchequer, answering the double purpose of receipts and public records): anything made to suit another
    • v.t Tally to score with corresponding notches: to make to fit
    • v.i Tally to correspond: to suit:—pa.t. and pa.p. tall′ied
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Tally ho! - (UK) This is an exclamation used for encouragement before doing something difficult or dangerous.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. taile, taille, F. taille, a cutting, cut tally, fr. tailler, to cut, but influenced probably by taillé, p. p. of tailler,. See Tailor, and cf. Tail a limitation, Taille Tallage


In literature:

Lewis Rand glanced sharply up, then made a sign to a sandy-haired and freckled man who, tally in hand, stood near him.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
A lot of barflies who never saw a tally-ho!
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
There's a big buzz mostly all the time, and the tally of work only needs to be figgered when the season closes.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Thomas Tallis died 1585.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
Her answers did not tally with his previous knowledge of her.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
At the wreck the tally-board told them just where to hitch it.
"The Knights of the White Shield" by Edward A. Rand
For each block hit, tally the number upon it.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 4, February 1878" by Various
The author's theory does not tally with the facts.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
These citations do not tally with either the public or secret treaty.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
In this run Buffalo Bill's tally was eighteen to Comstock's fourteen, and another halt was made for rest and refreshments.
"Beadle's Boy's Library of Sport, Story and Adventure, Vol. I, No. 1." by Prentiss Ingraham

In poetry:

I who have the gift can hear
Hounds and horn and tally ho,
And the tongue of Bran as clear
As Christmas bells across the snow.
"A Fairy Hunt" by Francis Ledwidge
No numbers have counted my tallies,
No tribes my house can fill,
I sit by the shining Fount of Life
And pour the deluge still;
"Song Of Nature" by Henry David Thoreau
No numbers have counted my tallies,
No tribes my house can fill,
I sit by the shining Fount of Life,
And pour the deluge still;
"Song of Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The old stars shine; and a silence strange
Broods over hill and valley
Oh God of Battles, sheath thy sword
And of the dead take tally!
"Peace" by Robert A Donaldson
And the charm of the carol rapt me,
As I held, as if by their hands, my comrades in the night;
And the voice of my spirit tallied the song of the bird.
"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" by Walt Whitman
Wretch that I was ! how often have I swore,
When WINNALL tallied, I would punt no more !
I know the bite, yet to my ruin run,
And see the folly which I cannot shun.
"Thursday, the Bassette-Table" by Mary Wortley Montagu

In news:

Gonzaga's Elias Harris, shooting over Pepperdine's Jonathan Dupre, tallied 20 points and 13 rebounds in the 91-84 victory.
The Associated Press C-SPAN IMAGE shows the final House vote tally Dec 16 on the sweeping bipartisan legislation that extends Bush-era tax cuts.
MICHIGAN CENTER, MI – As a child, Stephanie Tallis could charm frogs to sleep by stroking their bellies.
Enlarge AbbeyOldham Abbey Oldham MLive.comA large rock sits next to the Stephanie L Tallis Memorial Greenhouse at Arnold Elementary School.
Boxx TV will showcase its Meridian Tallis , an iris control and tally indicator accessory for wireless camera rigs.
Boxx TV's simple solution provides remote control for Iris and tally light only.
'Fifty Shades of Grey' spurs sales of Renaissance Tallis work.
11 for '11: Raymond Tallis .
Raymond Tallis Takes Out the 'Neurotrash'.
Raymond Tallis by Felix Clay, Eyevine.
Tidewater talent tally for the weekend.
A local race has become a political nail biter as elections officials tally the remaining absentee ballots.
CROSSVILLE — Reece Stover tallied 13 points to lead the North Lady Patriots junior varsity to a 36-26 victory over Stone Thursday night.
The tally of private schools approved by the state Department of Education to accept voucher students reads like a who's-who of who's-that.
Warren's vote tally walled off Alone in Ohio, officials cited homeland security.

In science:

Its spectrum is almost to tally featureless, although some weak CN bands are present; the star was very faint during the observation on JD-2454348.
R Coronae Borealis stars in the Galactic Bulge discovered by EROS-2
We then examine the covering points one by one, and keep a running tally Ck of the number of target points that have been covered by the first k covering points.
Cover art: issues in the metric-guided and metric-less placement of random and stochastic template banks
If the tally of detection epochs is ≥ 5 then we consider this SN to be detected.
Revised Supernova Rates from the IfA Deep Survey
The final tally of the number of detected TN SNe is given in column 2, with statistical and systematic uncertainties in columns 3–5.
Revised Supernova Rates from the IfA Deep Survey
The simplest way to arrive at this classification is to start with the different faces mod S6 of PI , PI I and PI I I from , and tally their S4 × S2 orbits.
Limits of elliptic hypergeometric biorthogonal functions