Definitions for ballotˈbæl ət
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a sheet of paper or the like on which a voter marks his or her vote.
the method of secret voting by printed or written ballot or by voting machine.
a round of voting.
the list of candidates to be voted on.
the right to vote.
the whole number of votes cast or recorded.
a system or the practice of drawing lots.
a little ball used in voting.
(v.i.)to vote by ballot.
to draw lots.
(v.t.)to solicit for votes.
to vote on or select by ballot.
Origin of ballot:
1540–50; (< MF ballotte) < It ballotta (prob. < Venetian) =ball(a)ball1+-otta dim. suffix
a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting
vote, ballot, voting, balloting(verb)
a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative
"there were only 17 votes in favor of the motion"; "they allowed just one vote per person"
vote by ballot
"The voters were balloting in this state"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a secret vote
a secret ballot
a paper on which a vote is written
to count ballots
a paper or card used to cast a vote
the process of voting, especially in secret
a list of candidates running for office; a ticket
the total of all votes cast in an election
to draw lots
Origin: From ballotta, a small ball used to register a vote.
originally, a ball used for secret voting. Hence: Any printed or written ticket used in voting
the act of voting by balls or written or printed ballots or tickets; the system of voting secretly by balls or by tickets
the whole number of votes cast at an election, or in a given territory or electoral district
to vote or decide by ballot; as, to ballot for a candidate
to vote for or in opposition to
A ballot is a device used to cast votes in an election, and may be a piece of paper or a small ball used in secret voting. It was originally a small ball — see blackball - used to record decisions made by voters. Each voter uses one ballot, and ballots are not shared. In the simplest elections, a ballot may be a simple scrap of paper on which each voter writes in the name of a candidate, but governmental elections use pre-printed to protect the secrecy of the votes. The voter casts his/her ballot in a box at a polling station. In British English, this is usually called a "ballot paper". The word "ballot" is used for an election process within an organisation.
Translations for ballot
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a method of voting in secret by marking a paper and putting it into a box
They held a ballot to choose a new chairman; The question was decided by ballot.
- إقْتِراعٌ سِرّيArabic
- избори с бюлетиниBulgarian
- votaçãoPortuguese (BR)
- tajné hlasováníCzech
- die GeheimwahlGerman
- afstemning; hemmelig afstemning; stemmeseddelDanish
- μυστική ψηφοφορίαGreek
- salajane hääletusEstonian
- رای گیری توسط برگۀ رایFarsi
- vote, scrutinFrench
- הַצבָּעָה חֲשָׁאִיתHebrew
- glasački listićCroatian
- titkos szavazásHungarian
- pemungutan suaraIndonesian
- leynileg atkvæðagreiðslaIcelandic
- voto, scrutinioItalian
- 투표 용지Korean
- slaptas balsavimasLithuanian
- aizklāta balsošanaLatvian
- stemmeseddel; hemmelig avstemningNorwegian
- tajne głosowaniePolish
- رای گیری توسط برگۀ رایPersian
- د رايې كاغذ، د كاغذ يوه ټوټه چه هر څوك خپله را يه پر ليكى، په دغه تر تيب رايه وركونه يا اخيستنه، ټولى رايېPashto
- vot, scrutinRomanian
- (тайное) голосованиеRussian
- tajné hlasovanieSlovak
- tajno glasanjeSerbian
- sluten omröstningSwedish
- gizli oylamaTurkish
- 無記名投票Chinese (Trad.)
- таємне голосуванняUkrainian
- بیلٹ، رائےUrdu
- sự bỏ phiếu kínVietnamese
- 无记名投票Chinese (Simp.)
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