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pass degree

noun
1.
(in English universities) an ordinary bachelor's degree conferred without honors.
Also called poll, poll degree.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15

poll2

[pol] /pɒl/
noun
1.
(especially at Cambridge University, England)
2.
the body of students who read for or obtain a degree without honors.
3.
Also called poll degree. pass degree.
Origin
1785-95; apparently < Greek polloí, in hoi polloí the many; see poly-
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British Dictionary definitions for poll de-gree

poll

/pəʊl/
noun
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
  1. 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
  2. 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
verb (mainly transitive)
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.
(mainly US) to take the vote, verdict, opinion, etc, individually of each member (of a jury, conference, etc)
13.
(sometimes intransitive) 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)
Word Origin
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 and History for poll de-gree

poll

n.

"head," early 14c., polle "hair of the head; piece of fur from the head of an animal," also "head," from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pol "head, top." Sense extended early 14c. to "person, individual." Meaning "collection of votes" is first recorded 1620s, from notion of "counting heads;" meaning "survey of public opinion" is first recorded 1902. Poll tax, literally "head tax," is from 1690s. Literal use in English tends toward the part of the head where the hair grows.

v.

"to take the votes of," 1620s, from poll (n.). Related: Polled; polling. 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).

"to cut, trim," late 14c., "to cut short the hair" (of an animal or person), from poll (n.). Of trees or plants from 1570s. Related: Polled; polling.

Poll

fem. proper name, short for Polly. Noted from 1620s as a parrot's name.

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