(often the polls
) the process of voting in an election:the country went to the polls on March 10
the number of votes cast in an election:the ruling party won 24 seats, narrowly topping the poll
) the places where votes are cast in an election:the polls have only just closed
2 dialect a person’s head. the part of the head on which hair grows; the scalp.
3a hornless animal, especially one of a breed of hornless cattle. See also red poll.
1record the opinion or vote of:over half of those polled do not believe the prime minister usually tells the truth [no object, with adverbial] (of a candidate in an election) receive a specified number of votes:the Green candidate polled 3.6 per cent 2 Telecommunications
& Computing check the status of (a device), especially as part of a repeated cycle: the network manager can also use the software to poll each Mac on the net
3cut the horns off (an animal, especially a young cow). archaic cut off the top of (a tree or plant), typically to encourage further growth; pollard: there were some beautiful willows, and now the idiot Parson has polled them into wretched stumps