casting vote


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vote \Vote\, n. [L. votum a vow, wish, will, fr. vovere, votum,
   to vow: cf. F. vote. See Vow.]
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   1. An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer. [Obs.]
      --Massinger.
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   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.
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   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.
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            The freeman casting with unpurchased hand
            The vote that shakes the turrets of the land.
                                                  --Holmes.
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   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.
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   5. Votes, collectively; as, the Tory vote; the labor vote.
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   Casting vote, Cumulative vote, etc. See under Casting,
      Cumulative, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Casting \Cast"ing\, n.
   1. The act of one who casts or throws, as in fishing.
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   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.
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   3. That which is cast in a mold; esp. the mass of metal so
      cast; as, a casting in iron; bronze casting.
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   4. The warping of a board. --Brande & C.
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   5. The act of casting off, or that which is cast off, as
      skin, feathers, excrement, etc.
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   Casting of draperies, the proper distribution of the folds
      of garments, in painting and sculpture.

   Casting line (Fishing), the leader; also, sometimes applied
      to the long reel line.

   Casting net, a net which is cast and drawn, in distinction
      from a net that is set and left.

   Casting voice, Casting vote, the decisive vote of a
      presiding officer, when the votes of the assembly or house
      are equally divided. "When there was an equal vote, the
      governor had the casting voice." --B. Trumbull.

   Casting weight, a weight that turns a balance when exactly
      poised.
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