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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Census  \Cen"sus\,  n.  [L.  census,  fr  censere.  See  {Censor}.] 
  1.  (Bot.  Antiq.)  A  numbering  of  the  people,  and  valuation  of 
  their  estate,  for  the  purpose  of  imposing  taxes,  etc.;  -- 
  usually  made  once  in  five  years. 
 
  2.  An  official  registration  of  the  number  of  the  people,  the 
  value  of  their  estates,  and  other  general  statistics  of  a 
  country. 
 
  Note:  A  general  census  of  the  United  States  was  first  taken 
  in  1790,  and  one  has  been  taken  at  the  end  of  every  ten 
  years  since. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  census 
  n  :  a  period  count  of  the  population  [syn:  {nosecount}] 
  v  :  conduct  a  census;  "They  censused  the  deer  in  the  forest" 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Census 
  There  are  five  instances  of  a  census  of  the  Jewish  people  having 
  been  taken  (1.)  In  the  fourth  month  after  the  Exodus,  when  the 
  people  were  encamped  at  Sinai.  The  number  of  men  from  twenty 
  years  old  and  upward  was  then  603,550  (Ex.  38:26).  (2.)  Another 
  census  was  made  just  before  the  entrance  into  Canaan,  when  the 
  number  was  found  to  be  601,730,  showing  thus  a  small  decrease 
  (Num.  26:51).  (3.)  The  next  census  was  in  the  time  of  David, 
  when  the  number,  exclusive  of  the  tribes  of  Levi  and  Benjamin, 
  was  found  to  be  1,300,000  (2  Sam.  24:9;  1  Chr.  21:5).  (4.) 
  Solomon  made  a  census  of  the  foreigners  in  the  land,  and  found 
  153,600  able-bodied  workmen  (2  Chr.  2:17,  18).  (5.)  After  the 
  return  from  Exile  the  whole  congregation  of  Israel  was  numbered, 
  and  found  to  amount  to  42,360  (Ezra  2:64).  A  census  was  made  by 
  the  Roman  government  in  the  time  of  our  Lord  (Luke  2:1).  (See  {TAXING}.) 
 




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