Ballot box
Ballot Bal"lot (b[a^]l"l[u^]t), n. [F. ballotte, fr. It. ballotta. See {Ball} round body.] [1913 Webster] 1. Originally, a ball used for secret voting. Hence: Any printed or written ticket used in voting. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of secret voting, whether by balls, written or printed ballots or tickets, or by use of a voting machine; the system of voting secretly. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The insufficiency of the ballot. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

3. The whole number of votes cast at an election, or in a given territory or electoral district. [1913 Webster]

4. the official list of candidates competing in an election. There are no women on the ballot. [1913 Webster]

{Ballot box}, (a) a box for receiving ballots. (b) the act, process or system of voting secretly; same as {ballot}[2]. ``The question will be resolved by the ballot box.'' [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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