Definitions for: Tally


[n] a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely; "the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th"; "their first tally came in the 3rd inning"
[n] the act of counting; "the counting continued for several hours"
[n] a bill for an amount due
[v] determine the sum of; "Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town"
[v] keep score, as in games
[v] gain points; "The home team scored many times"
[v] be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints do'nt match those on the gun"



Webster (1913) Definition: Tal"ly, n.; pl. Tallies. [OE. taile, taille, F. taille
a cutting, cut tally, fr. tailler to cut, but influenced
probably by taill['e], p. p. of tailler. See Tailor, and
cf. Tail a limitation, Taille, Tallage.]
1. Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores
were cut, as the marks of number; later, one of two books,
sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts
were kept.

Note: In purshasing and selling, it was once customary for
traders to have two sticks, or one stick cleft into two
parts, and to mark with a score or notch, on each, the
number or quantity of goods delivered, -- the seller
keeping one stick, and the purchaser the other. Before
the use of writing, this, or something like it, was the
only method of keeping accounts; and tallies were
received as evidence in courts of justice. In the
English exchequer were tallies of loans, one part being
kept in the exchequer, the other being given to the
creditor in lieu of an obligation for money lent to
government.

2. Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks,
whether on wood or paper, or in a book; especially, one
kept in duplicate.

3. One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate.

They were framed the tallies for each other.
--Dryden.

4. A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make
or earn a tally in a game.

5. A tally shop. See Tally shop, below.

Tally shop, a shop at which goods or articles are sold to
customers on account, the account being kept in
corresponding books, one called the tally, kept by the
buyer, the other the counter tally, kept by the seller,
and the payments being made weekly or otherwise by
agreement. The trade thus regulated is called tally trade.
--Eng. Encyc.

To strike tallies, to act in correspondence, or alike.
[Obs.] --Fuller.


Tal"ly, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tallied; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tallying.] [Cf. F. tialler to cut. See Tally, n.]
1. To score with correspondent notches; hence, to make to
correspond; to cause to fit or suit.

They are not so well tallied to the present
juncture. --Pope.

2. (Naut.) To check off, as parcels of freight going inboard
or outboard. --W. C. Russell.

Tally on (Naut.), to dovetail together.


Tal"ly, v. i.
1. To be fitted; to suit; to correspond; to match.

I found pieces of tiles that exactly tallied with
the channel. --Addison.

Your idea . . . tallies exactly with mine.
--Walpole.

2. To make a tally; to score; as, to tally in a game.

Tally on (Naut.), to man a rope for hauling, the men
standing in a line or tail.


Tal"ly, adv. [See Tall, a.]
Stoutly; with spirit. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

Synonyms: add, add together, add up, agree, chalk up, check, correspond, count, counting, enumeration, fit, gibe, hit, jibe, match, numeration, rack up, reckoning, reckoning, run, score, sum, sum up, summate, tot, tot up, total, tote up

Antonyms: disaccord, disagree, discord

See Also: accede, account, ace, adhere, advance, align, answer, be, bear out, befit, beseem, bill, blood count, census, coincide, compete, conform to, consist, contend, correlate, corroborate, count, countdown, duplicate, eagle, earned run, enter, enumerate, equal, equalise, equalize, gain, gain ground, get, get ahead, get even, have, hole up, homer, homologize, investigating, investigation, invoice, kick, look, make, make headway, meet, miscount, nosecount, number, numerate, overlap, par, parallel, pattern, poll, pull ahead, put down, rbi, record, recount, resemble, rhyme, rime, run batted in, score, sperm count, square, suit, support, twin, underpin, unearned run, vie, walk, win

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