Pronunciation: (bal'ut), [key]
— n., v., -lot•ed, -lot•ing.
- a slip or sheet of paper, cardboard, or the like, on which a voter marks his or her vote.
- the method of secret voting by means of printed or written ballots or by means of voting machines.
- voting in general, or a round of voting: Our candidate was defeated on the third ballot.
- the list of candidates to be voted on: They succeeded in getting her name placed on the ballot.
- the right to vote: to gain the ballot after years of struggle.
- the whole number of votes cast or recorded.
- a system or the practice of drawing lots: The assassin would be chosen by ballot.
- (formerly) a little ball used in voting.
- to vote by ballot: to ballot against a candidate.
- to draw lots: to ballot for places.
- to canvass or solicit (a group, membership, etc.) for votes: Members were balloted on the resolution.
- to select, esp. for military service, by ballot: Certain age groups will not be balloted at this time.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.