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Pronunciation:  'filu`bustur

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

FILIBUSTER is a 10 letter word that starts with F.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Fil"i*bus*ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fillibustered};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Filibustering}.]
    1. To act as a filibuster, or military freebooter.
    2. To delay legislation, by dilatory motions or other
       artifices. [political cant or slang, U.S.] --Bartlett.
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