Word of the Day: Census

census
cen-sus / sĕn-səs

noun
1. the official count of a population that often includes other statistics, such as age, sex, etc.
The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops – no, but the kind of man the country turns out.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

2. an official count
You can’t choose between right and wrong by taking a census.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1932 – 2011

3. a count of the citizens in ancient Rome and evaluation of their property for taxation purposes
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
Luke 2:1 (NIV)

verb
1. to conduct an official count
Every plant one centimeter in diameter or larger is censused every five years.
John P. Wiley, Jr., 1936 – 2004