Definitions for: Obstacle


[n] an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)
[n] something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted; "lack of immagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"; "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"; "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ob"sta*cle, n. [F., fr. L. obstaculum, fr. obstare to
withstand, oppose; ob (see Ob-) + stare to stand. See
Stand. and cf. Oust, v.]
That which stands in the way, or opposes; anything that
hinders progress; a hindrance; an obstruction, physical or
moral.

If all obstacles were cut away. And that my path were
even to the crown. --Shak.

Syn: Impediment; obstuction; hindrance; difficulty. See
Impediment, and Obstruction.

Synonyms: obstruction

See Also: balk, barrier, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hang-up, hazard, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impediment, impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor, roadblock, rub, snag, stumbling block, stymie, water jump

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