Casting vote
Vote Vote, n. [L. votum a vow, wish, will, fr. vovere, votum, to vow: cf. F. vote. See {Vow}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer. [Obs.] --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

2. A wish, choice, or opinion, of a person or a body of persons, expressed in some received and authorized way; the expression of a wish, desire, will, preference, or choice, in regard to any measure proposed, in which the person voting has an interest in common with others, either in electing a person to office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations, etc.; suffrage. [1913 Webster]

3. That by means of which will or preference is expressed in elections, or in deciding propositions; voice; a ballot; a ticket; as, a written vote. [1913 Webster]

The freeman casting with unpurchased hand The vote that shakes the turrets of the land. --Holmes. [1913 Webster]

4. Expression of judgment or will by a majority; legal decision by some expression of the minds of a number; as, the vote was unanimous; a vote of confidence. [1913 Webster]

5. Votes, collectively; as, the Tory vote; the labor vote. [1913 Webster]

{Casting vote}, {Cumulative vote}, etc. See under {Casting}, {Cumulative}, etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Casting vote — Casting Cast ing, n. 1. The act of one who casts or throws, as in fishing. [1913 Webster] 2. The act or process of making casts or impressions, or of shaping metal or plaster in a mold; the act or the process of pouring molten metal into a mold.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • casting vote — ➔ vote2 * * * casting vote UK US noun [S] ► MEETINGS a single vote by the person in charge of a meeting, which is used to decide a question if the number of votes on each side is equal: »If there is a tie in the final round between the top two… …   Financial and business terms

  • casting vote — casting votes N COUNT: usu sing When a committee has given an equal number of votes for and against a proposal, the chairperson can give a casting vote. This vote decides whether or not the proposal will be passed. The vote was tied and a local… …   English dictionary

  • casting vote — noun count the vote that gives one group a majority when the other votes are equally divided. The person in charge of a committee, for example, often has the right to give a casting vote …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • casting vote — The casting vote is a vote given to a chairman or president that is used when there is a deadlock …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • casting vote — or casting voice n. the deciding vote cast by the presiding officer when the voting on both sides is equal …   English World dictionary

  • casting vote — casting .vote n [C usually singular] BrE the vote of the person in charge of a meeting, which can be used to make a decision when there is an equal number of votes supporting and opposing a proposal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • casting vote — ► NOUN ▪ an extra vote used by a chairperson to decide an issue when votes on each side are equal. ORIGIN from an obsolete sense of cast «turn the scale» …   English terms dictionary

  • Casting vote — A casting vote is a vote given to the presiding officer of a council or legislative body in order to resolve a deadlock and which can be exercised only when such a deadlock exists. Examples of officers who hold casting votes are the Speaker of… …   Wikipedia

  • casting vote — noun the deciding vote cast by the presiding officer to resolve a tie • Hypernyms: ↑vote, ↑ballot, ↑voting, ↑balloting * * * ˌcasting ˈvote noun usually singular the vote given by the person in charge of an official meeting to decide an …   Useful english dictionary

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