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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Poll \Poll\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Polled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Polling}.]

1. 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. --2 Sam. xiv. 26.

His death did so grieve them that they polled themselves; they clipped off their horse and mule's hairs. --Sir T. North.

2. 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. --Chapman.

3. To extort from; to plunder; to strip. [Obs.]

Which polls and pills the poor in piteous wise. --Spenser.

4. To impose a tax upon. [Obs.]

5. To pay as one's personal tax.

The man that polled but twelve pence for his head. --Dryden.

6. 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. --Milton.

7. 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. --Tickell.

8. (Law) To cut or shave smooth or even; to cut in a straight line without indentation; as, a polled deed. See {Dee? poll}. --Burrill.

{To poll a jury}, to call upon each member of the jury to answer individually as to his concurrence in a verdict which has been rendered.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Polling \Poll"ing\, noun [See {Poll} the head.]

1. The act of topping, lopping, or cropping, as trees or hedges.

2. Plunder, or extortion. [Obs.] --E. Hall.

3. The act of voting, or of registering a vote.

{Polling booth}, a temporary structure where the voting at an election is done; a polling place.

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