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one who takes samples of opinions on a subject
Not to be confused with:
polar – pertaining to the North or South Pole: polar bear; having magnetic polarity; directly opposite in character or tendency
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1. The casting and registering of votes in an election.
2. The number of votes cast or recorded.
3. polls
a. The places where votes are cast and registered during an election, considered as a group: The polls close in this state at 8:00.
b. A place where votes are cast and registered: I went to the polls before work to cast a vote.
4. A survey of the public or of a sample of public opinion to acquire information.
5. The head, especially the top of the head where hair grows.
6. The blunt or broad end of a tool such as a hammer or axe.
v. polled, poll·ing, polls
1. To receive (a given number of votes).
2. To receive or record the votes of: polling a jury.
3. To cast (a vote or ballot).
4. To question in a survey; canvass.
5. To cut off or trim (hair, horns, or wool, for example); clip.
6. To trim or cut off the hair, wool, branches, or horns of: polled the sheep; polled the trees.
To vote at the polls in an election.

[Middle English pol, head, from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch.]

poll′er n.
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1. (Historical Terms) obsolete a person who plunders
2. (Hairdressing & Grooming) Northern English a person who cuts hair
3. (Forestry) obsolete a person who trims trees
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who votes
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) obsolete a person who registers voters
6. (Statistics) a person who conducts polls
7. (Computer Science) computing telecomm a unit that gathers information about the status of other devices in a network and reports back to a central station
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References in classic literature ?
And the fourth, is the poller and exacter of fees; which justifies the common resemblance of the courts of justice, to the bush whereunto, while the sheep flies for defence in weather, he is sure to lose part of his fleece.
Witnesses who gave evidence to support the complaint included councillors Tina Jones and Martyn Poller and deputy town clerk Carol Evans.
Government has a poor track record LEN Poller asks a pertinent question about technological solutions to customs issues after Brexit.
Elder of Zion, Oriana Fallaci, Richard Landes, Keneth Levin, Lori Lowenthal Marcus, Joan Peters, Nidra Poller, Ruth Wisse, Robert Wistrich, Bat Ye-or), sounded the alarm early on.
Creators Michelle Poller, Michael Allen, Mark Stevens first met at a gaming convention two years ago.
Tscherne, "The mechanical effect of blocking screws ("Poller screws") in stabilizing tibia fractures with short proximal or distal fragments after insertion of small-diameter intramedullary nails," Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, vol.
The study by Poller et al, (46) the only study reporting clinical events as primary outcome, did not show any effect.
(5.) Eisenreich A, Bogdanov VY, Zakrzewicz A, Pries A, Antoniak S, Poller W, et al.
Organisers Michelle Poller and Michael Allen, from Gosforth, set up Nethermind after their teenage daughter, Mia-Paris, threw herself into the game.