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casting lots

Definition:

making a chance decision by using lots (straws, pebbles, or so on) that are thrown or drawn

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

casting lots*
(* casting lots may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

allotment | drawing lots [uncountable noun] | sortition

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Casting lots [disambiguation]

may refer to: Sortition, the casting or drawing of lots to make a fair form of selection | Cleromancy, the casting or drawing of lots as a form of divination (29 of 73 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Casting lots

Collins Dictionary:

sortition

the act of casting lots (5 of 209 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sortition

Britannica Encyclopedia:

sortition [ancient Greece]

election by lot, a method of choosing public officials in some ancient Greek city-states. It was used especially in the Athenian democracy, from which ... (24 of 183 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/555000​/sortition

Oxford Dictionary:

sortition

the action of selecting or determining something by the casting or drawing of lots (14 of 47 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sortition

Merriam-Webster:

sortition

the act or an instance of casting lots (8 of 33 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sortition

Random House Dictionary:

sortition

the casting or drawing of lots. (6 of 11 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/sortition

Wiktionary:

sortition | sortitions [plural]

selection by drawing lots (4 of 5 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sortition

Macmillan British Dictionary:

allotment | allotments [plural]

[countable, British] a small piece of land in a town that you can rent and use for growing vegetables | [uncountable] the process of deciding to give ... (26 of 79 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/allotment

American Heritage Dictionary:

allotment

The act of allotting | Something allotted | A portion of military pay that is regularly deducted and set aside, as for the payee's dependents or for ... (25 of 44 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/allotment

New World Dictionary:

allotment

an allotting or being allotted | a thing allotted; portion; share | [British] a small plot of public land rented to an individual for growing ... (23 of 42 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/allotment

Cambridge Dictionary:

allotment [entry 1, British]

a small piece of ground in or just outside a town that a person rents for growing vegetables, fruits or flowers (21 of 30 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/allotment 1

allotment [entry 2]

the process of sharing something, or the amount that you get (11 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/allotment 2

Encarta Dictionary:

allotment | allotments [plural]

a thing or amount allotted to somebody or something | the assignment or earmarking of something (15 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584807​/definition​.html  [offline]

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