Definitions for: Obstruction


[n] getting in someone's way
[n] the act of obstructing; "obstruction of justice"
[n] any structure that makes progress difficult
[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"
[n] the state or condition of being obstructed



Webster (1913) Definition: Ob*struc"tion, n. [L. obstructio.]
1. The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed.

2. That which obstructs or impedes; an obstacle; an
impediment; a hindrance.

A popular assembly free from obstruction. --Swift.

3. The condition of having the natural powers obstructed in
their usual course; the arrest of the vital functions;
death. [Poetic]

To die, and go we know not where, To lie in cold
obstruction, and to rot. --Shak.

Syn: Obstacle; bar; barrier; impediment; clog; check;
hindrance.

Usage: Obstruction, Obstacle. The difference between
these words is that indicated by their etymology; an
obstacle is something standing in the way; an
obstruction is something put in the way. Obstacle
implies more fixedness and is the stronger word. We
remove obstructions; we surmount obstacles.

Disparity in age seems a greater obstacle to an
intimate friendship than inequality of fortune.
--Collier.

The king expected to meet with all the
obstructions and difficulties his enraged
enemies could lay in his way. --Clarendon.

Synonyms: blockage, impediment, impedimenta, obstacle, obstructer, obstructor

See Also: balk, bar, barrier, barrier, baulk, block, block, blockade, blockage, blockage, blocking, check, check, closure, closure, construction, deterrent, encumbrance, handicap, hang-up, hindrance, hindrance, hindrance, hitch, hitch, hurdle, ileus, impediment, incumbrance, interference, interference, intestinal obstruction, maneuver, manoeuvre, obstacle, obstruction of justice, occlusion, occlusion, physiological condition, physiological state, play, preventative, preventive, roadblock, rub, snag, stall, stalling, stop, stoppage, structure, stymie, tamponade, tamponage, tumbler

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