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Meaning of OBSTACLE

Pronunciation:  '√Ębstukul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)
  2. [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"

OBSTACLE is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

      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}.

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