The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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. --Shak.
The muster file, rotten and sound, upon my life,
amounts not to fifteen thousand poll. --Shak.
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
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. (Zool.) The European chub. See Pollard, 3
Poll book, a register of persons entitled to vote at an
Poll evil (Far.), an inflammatory swelling or abscess on a
horse's head, confined beneath the great ligament of the
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