Definitions for: Filibuster


[n] a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches
[n] a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes
[v] obstruct deliberately by delaying; of legislation



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.

Synonyms: filibusterer

See Also: block, blockade, delay, delayer, embarrass, hinder, holdup, legislator, obstruct, stymie, stymy

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