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Definition of Lobby

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attempt to convince public officials to favor a certain cause or take a certain action
large hall or near the entrance to a building (especially in a hotel, theater, etc.); public entrance-hall alongside a legislative chamber; political action group
Lobby Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a legislative body; as, to lobby a bill.
  
(v. i.)
To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges. trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
  
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lobby
\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. [u.s.]
3. (naut.) an apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
4. (agric.) a confined place for cattle, formed by hedges. trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
lobby
member, a lobbyist. [humorous cant, u. s.]
lobby
\lob"by\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. lobbied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. lobbying.] to address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes.[u.s.]
lobby
\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.]
lobby
n
1. a large entrance or reception room or area [syn: anteroom, antechamber, entrance hall, hall, foyer, vestibule]


2. a group of people who try actively to influence legislation [syn: pressure group, third house]
v : detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors [syn: buttonhole]





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 lobby member 
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a large entrance or reception room or area
(synonym) anteroom, antechamber, entrance hall, hall, foyer, vestibule
(hypernym) room
(hyponym) narthex
(part-holonym) building, edifice
2. a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
(synonym) pressure group, third house
(hypernym) political unit
(hyponym) National Rifle Association, NRA
(derivation) buttonhole

Verb
1. detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
(synonym) buttonhole
(hypernym) solicit, beg, tap
(derivation) pressure group, third house
Lobby Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Parliamentary Procedure
(1) An area on either side of the Chamber set aside for the use of the Members. There is one lobby for Government Members and another for opposition Members. (2) A group organized for the purpose of influencing the opinions and decisions of legislators with respect to some specific area of interest.
Under the authority of the Clerk of the House of Commons
Lobby Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Lobby may refer to:
  • Lobby (room), an entranceway or foyer in a building
  • Lobbying, the action or the group used to influence a viewpoint to politicians
  • Lobby (food), a thick stew made in Leigh, Greater Manchester and North Staffordshire, not unlike Lancashire Hotpot
  • Lobby (band), a Slovak Eurodance band
  • The Lobby, (UK) parliamentary journalists receiving privileged political access in exchange for sourcing anonymity
  • Lobby Hero, a play by Kenneth Lonergan
  • Lurker in the Lobby: The Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft, a non-fiction book by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik
  • Hotel Lobby, an oil painting on canvas by American realist painter Edward Hopper
  • The Lobby (improv), an improvisational comedy group based in Southern California

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Lobby Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
A group, organization or association seeking to influence the passage or defeat of legislation. Originally the term referred to persons frequenting the lobbies or corridors of legislative chambers in order to speak to lawmakers.

The definition of a lobby and the activity of lobbying is a matter of differing interpretation. By some definitions, lobbying is limited to direct attempts to influence lawmakers through personal interviews and persuasion. Under other definitions, lobbying includes attempts at indirect, or 'grassroots,' influence, such as persuading members of a group to write or visit their district's representative and state's senators or attempting to create a climate of opinion favorable to a desired legislative goal.

The right to attempt to influence legislation is based on the First Amendment to the Constitution, which says Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people 'to petition the government for a redress of grievances.'

Despite this constitutional protection there are various restrictions and registration requirements concerning lobbying.

A 'lobbyist' is the actual person or entity that does the work of the lobby.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.