1. the activities involved in political campaigning (especially speech making);
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hustings \Hus"tings\, n. pl. [OE. husting an assembly, coucil,
AS. h?sting; of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. h?s?ing; h?s home +
?ing thing, assembly, meeting; akin to Dan. & Sw. ting, E.
thing. See House, and Thing.]
1. A court formerly held in several cities of England;
specif., a court held in London, before the lord mayor,
recorder, and sheriffs, to determine certain classes of
suits for the recovery of lands within the city. In the
progress of law reform this court has become unimportant.
--Mozley & W.
2. Any one of the temporary courts held for the election of
members of the British Parliament.
3. The platform on which candidates for Parliament formerly
stood in addressing the electors. [Eng.]
When the rotten hustings shake
In another month to his brazen lies. --Tennyson.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the activities involved in political campaigning
(especially speech making)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
HUSTINGS, Engl. law. The name of a court held before the lord mayor and
aldermen of London; it is the principal and supreme court of the city., See
2 Inst. 327; St. Armand, Hist. Essay on the Legisl. Power of England, 75.