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Poll book

Poll \Poll\, n. [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.]

  1. The head; the back part of the head. ``All flaxen was his poll.''

  2. 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.

  3. Specifically, the register of the names of electors who may vote in an election.

  4. 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.

  5. pl. The place where the votes are cast or recorded; as, to go to the polls.

  6. The broad end of a hammer; the but of an ax.

  7. (Zo["o]l.) The European chub. See Pollard, 3 (a) .

    Poll book, a register of persons entitled to vote at an election.

    Poll evil (Far.), an inflammatory swelling or abscess on a horse's head, confined beneath the great ligament of the neck.

    Poll pick (Mining), a pole having a heavy spike on the end, forming a kind of crowbar.

    Poll tax, a tax levied by the head, or poll; a capitation tax.

poll book

n. 1 An official register, formerly used to record votes at an election. 2 Lists of voters and who they voted for at Parliamentary and other elections, before the introduction of the secret ballot.

Usage examples of "poll book".

Subsequent enquiries by Liberal agents revealed how voters had been invited to visit the Wheat Sheaf Inn at Claypath, where they could queue at a window to mark the poll book and receive a golden sovereign each.