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cloture (KLO-chuhr) noun

The action of closing a debate by calling for an immediate vote.

verb tr.

To close a debate by cloture.

[From French cloture (closure), eventually from Latin claustrum (barrier).]

"A senator can challenge legislation by staging a filibuster, a maneuver to block action on an item by controlling the Senate floor for an unlimited time. A filibuster can be ended through legislative agreement, or by invoking cloture, which requires 60 votes. The Senate is evenly split, with 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats." Filibuster Vowed if Bush Seeks Arctic Oil, The New York Times, Feb 13, 2001.

This week's theme: words that appear to be mis-spellings of everyday words.


Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing. -Margaret Chittenden, writer (1935- )

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