|toll2 (təʊl, tɒl)|
|1.||a. an amount of money levied, esp for the use of certain roads, bridges, etc, to cover the cost of maintenance|
|b. (as modifier): toll road; toll bridge|
|2.||loss or damage incurred through an accident, disaster, etc: the war took its toll of the inhabitants|
|3.||Also called: tollage (formerly) the right to levy a toll|
|4.||(NZ) Also called: toll charge a charge for a telephone call beyond a free-dialling area|
|[Old English toln; related to Old Frisian tolene, Old High German zol toll, from Late Latin telōnium customs house, from Greek telónion, ultimately from telos tax]|
one of the branches of the king of Persia's revenues (Ezra 4:13; 7:24), probably a tax levied from those who used the bridges and fords and highways.
see take its toll.