Tally

Definition of Tally

Tal´ly
n.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.
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.
To strike tallies
to act in correspondence, or alike.
- Eng. Encyc.
v. t.1.To score with correspondent notches; hence, to make to correspond; to cause to fit or suit.
[imp. & p. p. Tallied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tallying.]
They are not so well tallied to the present juncture.
- Pope.
2.(Naut.) To check off, as parcels of freight going inboard or outboard.
Tally on
(Naut.) to dovetail together.
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.
adv.1.Stoutly; with spirit.

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