Definitions for: Lobby

[n] a large entrance or reception room or area
[n] a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
[v] detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors

Webster (1913) Definition: Lob"by, n.; pl. Lobbies. [LL. lobium, lobia, laubia, a
covered portico fit for walking, fr. OHG. louba, G. laube,
arbor. See Lodge.]
1. (Arch.) A passage or hall of communication, especially
when large enough to serve also as a waiting room. It
differs from an antechamber in that a lobby communicates
between several rooms, an antechamber to one only; but
this distinction is not carefully preserved.

2. That part of a hall of legislation not appropriated to the
official use of the assembly; hence, the persons,
collectively, who frequent such a place to transact
business with the legislators; any persons, not members of
a legislative body, who strive to influence its
proceedings by personal agency

Lob"by, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lobbied; p. pr. & vb. n.
To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the
lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their
votes.[U.S.] --Bartlett.

Lob"by, v. t.
To urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a
legislative body; as, to lobby a bill. [U.S.]

Synonyms: antechamber, anteroom, buttonhole, entrance hall, foyer, hall, pressure group, third house, vestibule

See Also: beg, building, edifice, narthex, political unit, room, solicit, tap

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