• WordNet 3.6
    • v toll ring slowly "For whom the bell tolls"
    • v toll charge a fee for using "Toll the bridges into New York City"
    • n toll value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something "the cost in human life was enormous","the price of success is hard work","what price glory?"
    • n toll the sound of a bell being struck "saved by the bell","she heard the distant toll of church bells"
    • n toll a fee levied for the use of roads or bridges (used for maintenance)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The highest toll paid by a ship to cross the Panama Canal was by the Crown Princess on May 2, 1993 in the amount of $141,349.97 U.S. funds
    • Toll (Sax. & O. Eng. Law) A liberty to buy and sell within the bounds of a manor.
    • Toll A portion of grain taken by a miller as a compensation for grinding.
    • Toll 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.
    • n Toll The sound of a bell produced by strokes slowly and uniformly repeated.
    • Toll To call, summon, or notify, by tolling or ringing. "When hollow murmurs of their evening bells
      Dismiss the sleepy swains, and toll them to their cells."
    • Toll To cause to sound, as a bell, with strokes slowly and uniformly repeated; as, to toll the funeral bell. "The sexton tolled the bell."
    • v. t Toll To collect, as a toll.
    • Toll To draw; to entice; to allure. See Tole.
    • Toll To pay toll or tallage.
    • v. i Toll 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. "The country cocks do crow, the clocks do toll .""Now sink in sorrows with a tolling bell."
    • Toll To strike, or to indicate by striking, as the hour; to ring a toll for; as, to toll a departed friend. "Slow tolls the village clock the drowsy hour."
    • v. t Toll (O. Eng. Law) To take away; to vacate; to annul.
    • Toll To take toll; to raise a tax. "Well could he [the miller] steal corn and toll thrice.""No Italian priest
      Shall tithe or toll in our dominions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Salt helped build the Erie Canal. A tax of 12 1/2 percent on New York State salt, plus tolls charged for salt shipments, paid for nearly half of the $7 million construction cost.
    • n toll A tax paid, or duty imposed, for some use or privilege or other reasonable consideration.
    • n toll The payment claimed by the owners of a port for goods landed or shipped there.
    • n toll The sum charged by the owners of a market or fair for goods brought to be sold there, or for liberty to break the soil for the purpose of erecting temporary structures.
    • n toll A portion of grain retained by a miller as compensation for grinding.
    • n toll A fixed charge made by those concerned in the maintenance of roads, streets, bridges, etc., for the passage, as at a toll-gate, of persons, goods, and cattle.
    • n toll A compensation for services rendered, especially for transportation or transmission: as, canal tolls, railway tolls, and other charges have raised the price of wheat.
    • n toll Synonyms Duty, Tribute, etc. See tax.
    • toll To pay toll or tailage, as on a purchase.
    • toll To take toll; exact or levy toll; especially, to take a portion of grain as compensation for grinding.
    • toll To take as a part of a general contribution or tax; exact as a tribute.
    • toll To draw; pull; tug; drag.
    • toll To tear in pieces.
    • toll To draw; invite; entice; allure.
    • toll To cause (a bell) to sound with single strokes slowly and regularly repeated, as for summoning public bodies or religious congregations to their meetings, for announcing a death, or to give solemnity to a funeral; specifically, to ring (a bell) by striking it with a hammer without swinging.
    • toll To give out or utter by tolling or striking, as the sound of a bell or a clock.
    • toll To call attention to or give notice of by slowly measured sounds of a bell; ring for or on account of.
    • toll To give out the slowly measured sounds of a bell when struck singly and at regular intervals, as in calling meetings, or at funerals, or to announce the death of a person.
    • n toll The sounding of a bell with slowly measured single strokes.
    • toll In law, to take away; vacate; annul.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The St. Louis Gateway Arch had a projected death toll while it was being built. No one died.
    • v.t Toll to draw as with a lure, to attract, entice
    • n Toll tōl a tax for the liberty of passing over a bridge or road, selling goods in a market, &c.: a portion of grain taken by a miller for grinding
    • v.t Toll (Shak.) to exact as a tribute
    • v.i Toll tōl to sound, as a large bell, esp. with a measured sound, as a funeral bell
    • v.t Toll to cause to sound, as a bell: to strike, or signal by striking
    • n Toll the sound of a bell when tolling
    • v.t Toll tōl (law) to take, annul.
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  • Wayne Dyer
    “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tol, AS. toll,; akin to OS. & D. tol, G. zoll, OHG. zol, Icel. tollr, Sw. tull, Dan. told, and also to E. tale,; -- originally, that which is counted out in payment. See Tale number
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tollĕre, to take away.


In literature:

All the bells are tolling, and the whole city is robed in black.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The clock of the Stiftskirche tolled out nine strokes, and the courtiers murmured angrily that they had been waiting an entire hour.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
As the amateur miners plied their picks with diligence, the toll of a bell was suddenly heard.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
The victory had to be paid for, indeed, with a heavy toll of life and limb.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
It took toll of the blood and nerves and of the splendour of the passions.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
And then the huge and veiled voice of the Cathedral bell tolled the hour, like Time become articulate.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Today the toll-gatherer, he who collects the small fee from the stall-owners, is still known as the Abbe.
"The Automobilist Abroad" by M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
There is no toll demanded of him who travels in the clouds.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Toll him away from the place and layway him, if you must, to run him out.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
On one turnpike alone, 16,000 vehicles paid toll during the year.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson

In poetry:

I DWELL in the wood that is dark and kind
But afar off tolls the main,
Afar, far off I hear the wind,
And the roving of the rain.
"The Wood" by Duncan Campbell Scott
But I dwell in the wood that is dark and kind,
Afar off tolls the main;
Afar, far off I hear the wind
And the roving of the rain.
"The Wood" by Duncan Campbell Scott
When at last, in tones of warning,
>From its high and airy tower,
Slowly with its tongue of iron,
Tolled the bell the fatal hour;--
"Ballad Of Ruth Bay" by Albert Laighton
The bellmen they for very fear
Could toll the bell no longer,
And still as louder grew the strokes
Their fear it grew the stronger.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
``Why do our senses love to list
When distant cataracts murmur thus?
Why stealeth o'er your eyes a mist
When belfries toll the Angelus?
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
And the church bells all both great and small
Did toll so loud and long,
And they have barr'd the church door hard
After the even song.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey

In news:

If you're like most of our readers, this toll change won't affect you directly.
Photo by Vu NguyenTake Irvine's Bonita Canyon Drive, turn south on Newport Coast Drive toward the Pacific Ocean, and enjoy the scenery up to the San Joaquin Hills toll road.
' Himalayan Viagra' takes toll on Nepal.
The death toll from Tropical Storm Isaac has climbed to nine after authorities in the Dominican Republic reported two deaths Sunday.
The chronic economic downturn has taken its toll on the medical publishing industry.
Decades of jogging are taking their toll on 78-year-old Carl R Pohlad.
Telling lies, even little white lies, could take a toll on your health, a new study suggests.
Death toll rises to 100 in Gaza, Palestinian officials say.
Palestinian Death Toll Climbs as Negotiations Continue.
For whom the toll bills.
Why doesn't the state of Florida make their tolls compatible with the most popular and common system in the country — E-ZPass.
Some estimates put the civil war's death toll at 23,000.
Bell tolls for the US Mail, as we know it.
Death toll rises, troops try to keep peace after Chile earthquake.
Kentuckian Counts the Toll in Alabama.

In science:

The additive functional for the toll n2 arises in the study of the Wiener index of the tree and has been analyzed by Janson .
Additive functionals on random search trees
Observe that rn (1) = tn , the toll function.
Additive functionals on random search trees
Given the toll sequence (tn ) defining the sequence (Xn ) of random functionals of interests, the means (µn ) satisfy precisely the recurrence (2.3.3) with (bn ) replaced by (tn ).
Additive functionals on random search trees
One might ob ject that the above example is artificial, in that the toll sequence changes sign.
Additive functionals on random search trees
Large toll functions If tn ∼ nβ , where β > 1, then we have convergence in distribution for all values of m.
Additive functionals on random search trees