• WordNet 3.6
    • v lobby detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
    • n lobby a large entrance or reception room or area
    • n lobby a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
    • n lobby the people who support some common cause or business or principle or sectional interest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition. It is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine
    • Lobby (Agric) A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges. trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
    • Lobby (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.
    • Lobby (Naut) An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
    • Lobby 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;
    • v. i Lobby To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes; in an extended sense, to try to influence decision-makers in any circumstance.
    • v. t Lobby To urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a legislative body; as, to lobby a bill; -- also used with the legislators as object; as, to lobby the state legislatuire for protection.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lobby An inclosed space surrounding or communicating with one or more apartments. A small hall or waiting-room serving as the entrance into a principal apartment, where there is a considerable space between such apartment and a portico or vestibule; especially, such a hall or anteroom in a theater or adjacent to a legislative or audience chamber.
    • n lobby Nautical, an apartment immediately before the captain's cabin.
    • n lobby Persons who occupy or resort to the lobby or the approaches to a legislative chamber for the purpose of transacting business with the members, and especially of influencing their official action or votes.
    • lobby To frequent the lobby of a legislature or other deliberative body for the purpose of influencing the official action of members; solicit votes from members, whether in the lobby or elsewhere.
    • lobby To promote or carry by solicitation of legislative favor or votes: as, to lobby a measure through Congress.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lobby lob′i a small hall or waiting-room: a passage serving as a common entrance to several apartments: the ante-chamber of a legislative hall, frequented by outsiders for the purpose of influencing votes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. lobium, lobia, laubia, a covered portico fit for walking, fr. OHG. louba, G. laube, arbor. See Lodge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. lobia—Middle High Ger. loube (Ger. laube), a portico, arbour—laub, a leaf.


In literature:

Five minutes later he was walking across the lobby of the Interplanetary Council building, stepping into the down elevator.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
It was about eleven o'clock Monday morning when Clancy entered the lobby of the Renfrew House.
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish
Thus momentarily refreshed, Members gratefully went out to Division Lobby, and Third Reading was carried by majority of 77.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, May 27, 1914" by Various
Hapless Ministerialists, warned by urgent summons hinting at surprises in store in the Division Lobby, loyally muster.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 17, 1914" by Various
No use mooning round deserted Lobby wondering where everybody was.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 22, 1914" by Various
She came to the lobby of the Patterson and walked boldly in.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Didn't look like it though when I proposed just now to buy her one of those Indian baskets on sale in the lobby.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
On the farther side of the court were the doors of the hotel lobby.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
At last he heard Janet in the lobby.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
As the crowd in the lobby thinned, the strains of the overture crashed out.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
You know, the lobby of this hotel seems a little like that block of traffic.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
A footstep sounded on the marble floor of the lobby.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
Dud, you come along an' carry her to the stove in the lobby.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
I'll be in the lobby.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
She paid the ricksha boy and ran into the lobby, stamping her feet and shaking the umbrella.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
After luncheon they sat down in the lobby for a smoke.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Then the two cronies turned and started out of the hotel lobby.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
I always see him in the lobby when I come here.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
Crowding floor and stage and lobbies, swarm the maskers.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
They were ushered into the lobby and assigned rooms.
"Combat" by Dallas McCord Reynolds

In poetry:

An old & cheap hotel
w/bums in the lobby
genteel bums of satisfied
"Paris Journal" by James Douglas Morrison
In the lobby of the Banco Bilbao
a dark woman will slip me a key, a package,
the name of a hotel, a numbered account,
the first letters of an unknown alphabet.
"Encounter at St. Martin's" by Ken Smith

In news:

Plenty of room for ArtPrize entries in the Gerald R Ford Museum lobby.
After years of family lobbying for a dog, Peter Zheutlin finally gives in to his wife and sons.
She'll speak with Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of the Catholic social justice lobby Network, about the Nuns on the Bus tour and her advocacy work.
Fishing lobby wants to save red grouper .
Foreign Lobbies Took the Guise Of Nonprofits.
Stedman plans to lobby state legislators for mandatory sentences for convicted burglars.
In the lobby itself there's a snack bar and souvenir stand complete with Madd Hatter 's Haunt shirts for sale.
Employees of the Ontario County Health Facility lobby outside the Court House Thursday before the Board of Supervisors meeting, where a big crowd packed the chamber.
New egg lobby heats debate over hen-house legislation.
Lobbies and liberals think that we've been showing restraint.
Unless someone pays him to lobby in favor of it, that is: Minutes of a 1991 board meeting of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Assn.
The free concert was organized for Obama campaign volunteers and potential volunteers, with sign-up sheets for canvassing shifts in the lobby.
Obama and the Women's Lobby It never occurs to them that men's issues are matters of interest to women.
No Kill Columbia held an American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals "Mega Match-A-Thon" pet adoption event April 1 in the lobby of the former Mid City Lumber Co.
I was talking to a health system CEO the other day, who was angry at the deals being struck between leaders of industry lobbying groups and government leaders.

In science:

Another possible cause for d ecreased borrowing is that social organizations – the same ones who lobbied to pass the Cap law – engaged in more extensive outreach efforts to would-be PL borrowers, helping them find lowercost substitutes.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
After a good night’s sleep in my room, I was in the hotel lobby the next morning when all the Soviet scientists from Moscow showed up after their very early morning flight from Moscow. I don’t recall who it was, but when one of them saw me sitting there in the lobby, all the color drained out of his face.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
The Chaparral 2J was banned by the governing body of Can-Am at the end of the season under lobbying from fellow competitors.
Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics
The LDA model produced clear topics that correspond to check-in, but noisy topics for location and rooms with location topics often specific to a single locale (e.g., Paris) and room topics often mixed with service, dining and hotel lobby terms.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
You would not plan on shouting across the lobby, playing your television at full volume at 11pm, or throwing furniture off the balcony. Framing should not be equated to activating a large, stable instruction list.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
If there are passengers waiting in the lobby of the first floor, the pick-up request is set; otherwise, it is unset.
Restricted Value Iteration: Theory and Algorithms
Rooms were large with TWO bathrooms, lobby was fabulous, pool was large with two hot tubs and huge gym, staff was courteous.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
Although Ciufolini and others lobbied hard for a LAGEOS III with a suitable inclination, it has not yet materialized.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the APS TG on gravitation
Underground lobbying by the “Rome-School” had produced effects. For instance the CERN-Director General (DG) Leon Van Hove, during a CERN Council meeting declared that Zichichi’s Gran Sasso Project was invented to stop the joint venture between Italy and France to realize an underground Laboratory in the Fréjus tunnel.
Time-Shift in the OPERA set-up: proof against superluminal neutrinos without the need of knowing the CERN-LNGS distance and Reminiscences on the origin of the Gran Sasso Lab, of the 3rd neutrino and of the "Teramo Anomaly"