Definitions for Filibusterˈfɪl əˌbʌs tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fil•i•bus•terˈfɪl əˌbʌs tər(n.)

  1. the use of irregular or obstructive tactics by a member of a legislative assembly to prevent the adoption of a measure. an exceptionally long speech or other tactic used for this purpose. Also, fil′i•bus`ter•er. a legislator who uses such tactics.

    Category: Government

  2. an irregular military adventurer.

    Category: Military

  3. (v.i.)to impede legislation by obstructive tactics.

    Category: Government

  4. to act as an irregular military adventurer, esp. for revolutionary purposes.

    Category: Government

  5. (v.t.)to impede (legislation) by obstructive tactics.

    Category: Government

Origin of filibuster:

1580–90; < Sp filibustero < MF flibustier, var. of fribustier; see freebooter

Princeton's WordNet

  1. filibuster, filibusterer(noun)

    a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes

  2. filibuster(verb)

    (law) a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches

  3. filibuster(verb)

    obstruct deliberately by delaying

Wiktionary

  1. filibuster(Noun)

    A freebooter, or mercenary soldier.

    1890 These duties involved prodigious physical and mental exertion, in a climate deadly to Europeans. They also involved much voyaging in waters haunted by filibusters and buccaneers. But nothing appears to daunt Labat. As for the filibusters, he becomes their comrade and personal friend; -- he even becomes their chaplain, and does not scruple to make excursions with them. u2014 Lafcadio Hearn, Two Years in the French West Indies.

  2. filibuster(Noun)

    A delaying tactic, especially the use of long, often irrelevant speeches given in order to delay progress or the making of a decision, especially on the floor of the US Senate.

  3. filibuster(Noun)

    A member of a legislative body causing such obstruction.

  4. filibuster(Verb)

    To take part in a private military action in a foreign country.

  5. filibuster(Verb)

    To use obstructionist tactics in a legislative body.

  6. Origin: From filibustero, from flibustier, from vrijbuiter, from vrij + buit + -er. Same construction and cognate to English freebooter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Filibuster(noun)

    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

  2. Filibuster(verb)

    to act as a filibuster, or military freebooter

  3. Filibuster(verb)

    to delay legislation, by dilatory motions or other artifices

Freebase

  1. Filibuster

    A filibuster is a type of parliamentary procedure where debate is extended, allowing one or more members to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a given proposal. It is sometimes referred to as talking out a bill, and characterized as a form of obstruction in a legislature or other decision-making body. The English term "filibuster" derives from the Spanish filibustero, itself deriving originally from the Dutch vrijbuiter, "privateer, pirate, robber". The Spanish form entered the English language in the 1850s, as applied to military adventurers from the United States then operating in Central America and the Spanish West Indies such as William Walker. The term in its legislative sense was first used by Democratic congressman Albert G. Brown of Mississippi in 1853, referring to Abraham Watkins Venable's speech against "filibustering" intervention in Cuba.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Filibuster

    a name given to buccaneers who infested the Spanish-American coasts or those of the West Indies, but more specially used to designate the followers of Lopez in his Cuban expedition in 1851, and those of Walker in his Nicaraguan in 1855; a name now given to any lawless adventurers who attempt to take forcible possession of a foreign country.


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