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filibuster


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Filibuster  \Fil"i*bus`ter\,  n.  [Sp.  flibuster,  flibustero 
  corrupted  fr  E.  freebooter.  See  {Freebooter}.] 
  A  lawless  military  adventurer,  especially  one  in  quest  of 
  plunder;  a  freebooter;  --  originally  applied  to  buccaneers 
  infesting  the  Spanish  American  coasts,  but  introduced  into 
  common  English  to  designate  the  followers  of  Lopez  in  his 
  expedition  to  Cuba  in  1851,  and  those  of  Walker  in  his 
  expedition  to  Nicaragua,  in  1855. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Filibuster  \Fil"i*bus*ter\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fillibustered}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Filibustering}.] 
  1.  To  act  as  a  filibuster,  or  military  freebooter. 
  --Bartlett. 
 
  2.  To  delay  legislation,  by  dilatory  motions  or  other 
  artifices.  [political  cant  or  slang,  U.S.]  --Bartlett. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  filibuster 
  n  1:  a  legislator  who  gives  long  speeches  in  an  effort  to  delay 
  or  obstruct  legislation  that  he  (or  she)  opposes  [syn:  {filibusterer}] 
  2:  a  tactic  for  delaying  or  obstructing  legislation  by  making 
  long  speeches 
  v  :  obstruct  deliberately  by  delaying;  of  legislation 




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