Tally stick

A stick marked with cuts or notches, which indicated payment made, it was then cut in half lengthwise by the talliator so each party to the transaction had a copy of the exchange, in effect a receipt. These sticks were also used as money within departments of the *exchequer for instance. Tally sticks continued in use until 1826. [< Lat. talea = a stick] -

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  • Tally stick — A tally (or tally stick) was an ancient memory aid device to record and document numbers, quantities, or even messages. Tally sticks first appear as notches carved on animal bones, in the Upper Paleolithic. A notable example is the Ishango Bone.… …   Wikipedia

  • tally stick — a stick on which amounts of herring caught were registered in the Isle of Man. A notch was made for each basket of 124 fish and a cut across four notches indicated five baskets (620 fish). Theft of a tally stick by a rival crew took the boat s… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Tally-Stick — 1) A long wooden stick used as a receipt. It was notched to indicate the amount due and then split in half. Tallies were used in the exchequer for accounting and could also be used to assign revenues. The exchequer could issue half a tally to a… …   Medieval glossary

  • Tally — may refer to:*Thomas L. Tally *a tally stick, a pre modern type of memory aid *tally marks *tally (voting) *tally (cap) *tally (lace)ee also*Thali, traditional Indian style meal *Tally s War *Tally Ltd, printer company *TallyGenicom printer… …   Wikipedia

  • tally — ► NOUN (pl. tallies) 1) a current score or amount. 2) a record of a score or amount. 3) a particular number taken as a group or unit to facilitate counting. 4) a mark registering such a number. 5) (also tally stick) historical a piece of wood… …   English terms dictionary

  • Tally sticks — A tally (or tally stick) was an ancient memory aid device to record and document numbers, quantities, or even messages. While the origin of this technique is lost in prehistory, archaeological proof of the existence of such devices is ample. One… …   Wikipedia

  • tally — tallier, n. /tal ee/, n., pl. tallies, v., tallied, tallying. n. 1. an account or reckoning; a record of debit and credit, of the score of a game, or the like. 2. Also called tally stick. a stick of wood with notches cut to indicate the amount of …   Universalium

  • tally — noun (plural tallies) 1》 a current score or amount.     ↘a record of a score or amount. 2》 a particular number taken as a group or unit to facilitate counting.     ↘a mark registering such a number. 3》 (also tally stick) historical a piece of… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Tally — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tally shop — Tally 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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