What is the meaning of the word blackball?

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  1. A rejection, a vote against admitting someone.
  2. A black ball used to indicate such a negative vote.
  3. The act of so rejecting someone.
  4. A substance for blacking shoes, boots, etc. or for taking impressions of engraved work.
  1. (transitive) To vote against, especially in an exclusive organization.
  2. (transitive) To ostracize.
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