—n. 1. a slip or sheet of paper, cardboard, or the like, on which a voter marks his or her vote.
2. the method of secret voting by means of printed or written ballots or by means of voting machines.
3. voting in general, or a round of voting: Our candidate was defeated on the third ballot. 4. the list of candidates to be voted on: They succeeded in getting her name placed on the ballot. 5. the right to vote: to gain the ballot after years of struggle. 6. the whole number of votes cast or recorded.
7. a system or the practice of drawing lots: The assassin would be chosen by ballot. 8. (formerly) a little ball used in voting.
—v.i. 1. to vote by ballot: to ballot against a candidate. 2. to draw lots: to ballot for places.
—v.t. 1. to canvass or solicit (a group, membership, etc.) for votes: Members were balloted on the resolution. 2. to select, esp. for military service, by ballot: Certain age groups will not be balloted at this time.