Main definitions of ballotte in US English:

: ballotte1ballotté2

ballotte1

(also ballot)

verb

  • with object Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. To subject to ballottement. Also without object: to move in response to ballottement.

Origin

Late 17th century (in an earlier sense). From French ballotter to shake (a person or thing) to and fro, to toss (a person or thing) hither and thither (like a ball), to move in response to ballottement from ballotte.

Pronunciation

ballotte

/bəˈlɒt/

Main definitions of ballotte in US English:

: ballotte1ballotté2

ballotté2

(also balloté, ballotée)

noun

  • A dance movement in which the body is ‘tossed’ or ‘thrown’; specifically (Ballet) a rocking step in which the body is thrown forward and backward as the weight is transferred quickly from one foot to the other.

Origin

Early 19th century. From French balloté, (now usually) ballotté, use as noun of past participle of ballotter.

Pronunciation

ballotté

/ˈbalɒˌteɪ/