toll1 / tōl/ • n. 1. a charge payable for permission to use a particular bridge or road: turnpike tolls | [as adj.] a toll bridge. ∎ a charge for a long-distance telephone call. 2. [in sing.] the number of deaths, casualties, or injuries arising from particular circumstances, such as a natural disaster, conflict, or accident: the toll of dead and injured mounted. ∎ the cost or damage resulting from something: the environmental toll of the policy has been high. • v. [tr.] [usu. as n.] (tolling) charge a toll for the use of (a bridge or road): the report advocates expressway tolling. PHRASES: take its toll (or take a heavy toll) have an adverse effect, esp. so as to cause damage, suffering, or death: years of pumping iron have taken their toll on his body. toll2 • v. [intr.] (of a bell) sound with a slow, uniform succession of strokes, as a signal or announcement: the bells of the cathedral began to toll for evening service. ∎ [tr.] cause (a bell) to make such a sound. ∎ (of a bell) announce or mark (the time, a service, or a person's death): the bell of St. Mary's began to toll the curfew. • n. [in sing.] a single ring of a bell.
Tolls Exemption Act
TOLLS EXEMPTION ACT
TOLLS EXEMPTION ACT, an act of Congress, 24 August 1912, exempting American vessels in coast-wise traffic from the payment of tolls on the Panama Canal. The Hay-Pauncefote Treaty of 1901 had provided that the canal should be free and open to the ships of all nations without discrimination, so the act raised a serious moral and legal question. President Woodrow Wilson, on 5 March 1914, eloquently requested repeal as a matter of sound diplomacy and international good faith. Prominent Republicans seconded his efforts, and the act was repealed a few weeks later. Congress, however, expressly denied any relinquishment of the right to grant exemptions to coastwise shipping.
W. A.Robinson/c. w.
A sum of money paid for the right to use a road, highway, or bridge. To postpone or suspend. For example, to toll astatute of limitationsmeans to postpone the running of the time period it specifies.