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Meaning of BALLOT

Pronunciation:  'balut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a choice that is made by voting; "there were only 17 votes in favor of the motion"
  2. [n]  a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting
  3. [v]  vote by ballot; "The voters were balloting in this state"

BALLOT is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: balloting, vote, voting
 See Also: absentee ballot, block vote, casting vote, choice, document, multiple voting, option, papers, pick, secret ballot, selection, split ticket, straight ticket, veto, vote, written document



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bal"lot\ (b[a^]l"l[u^]t), n. [F. ballotte, fr. It.
    ballotta. See {Ball} round body.]
    1. Originally, a ball used for secret voting. Hence: Any
       printed or written ticket used in voting.
    2. The act of voting by balls or written or printed ballots
       or tickets; the system of voting secretly by balls or by
             The insufficiency of the ballot.      --Dickens.
    3. The whole number of votes cast at an election, or in a
       given territory or electoral district.
    {Ballot box}, a box for receiving ballots.
  2. \Bal"lot\ (b[a^]l"l[u^]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
    {Balloted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Balloting}.] [F. ballotter to
    toss, to ballot, or It. ballottare. See {Ballot}, n.]
    To vote or decide by ballot; as, to ballot for a candidate.
  3. \Bal"lot\, v. t.
    To vote for or in opposition to.
          None of the competitors arriving to a sufficient number
          of balls, they fell to ballot some others. --Sir H.
Thesaurus Terms
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