poll de gree

pass degree

(in English universities) an ordinary bachelor's degree conferred without honors.
Also called poll, poll degree.


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2 [pol]
(especially at Cambridge University, England)
the body of students who read for or obtain a degree without honors.
Also called poll degree. pass degree.

1785–95; apparently < Greek polloí, in hoi polloí the many; see poly-

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poll (pəʊl)
1.  the casting, recording, or counting of votes in an election; a voting
2.  the result or quantity of such a voting: a heavy poll
3.  Also called: opinion poll
 a.  a canvassing of a representative sample of a large group of people on some question in order to determine the general opinion of the group
 b.  the results or record of such a canvassing
4.  any counting or enumeration: a poll of the number of men with long hair
5.  short for poll tax
6.  a list or enumeration of people, esp for taxation or voting purposes
7.  the striking face of a hammer
8.  the occipital or back part of the head of an animal
9.  to receive (a vote or quantity of votes): he polled 10 000 votes
10.  to receive, take, or record the votes of: he polled the whole town
11.  to canvass (a person, group, area, etc) as part of a survey of opinion
12.  chiefly (US) to take the vote, verdict, opinion, etc, individually of each member (of a jury, conference, etc)
13.  (sometimes intr) to cast (a vote) in an election
14.  computing (in data transmission when several terminals share communications channels) to check each channel rapidly to establish which are free, or to call for data from each terminal in turn
15.  to clip or shear
16.  to remove or cut short the horns of (cattle)
[C13 (in the sense: a human head) and C17 (in the modern sense: a counting of heads, votes): from Middle Low German polle hair of the head, head, top of a tree; compare Swedish pull crown of the head]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., polle "hair of the head," from M.L.G. or M.Du. pol "head, top." Meaning "collection of votes" is first recorded 1620s, from notion of "counting heads;" meaning "survey of public opinion" is first recorded 1902. The verb meaning "to take the votes of" also is first recorded 1620s. Pollster
is 1939. A deed poll "deed executed by one party only," is from earlier verbal meaning "cut the hair of," because the deed was cut straight rather than indented (see indent).
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