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Meaning of OBSTRUCT

Pronunciation:  ub'strukt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  block passage through; "obstruct the path"
  2. [v]  hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"

OBSTRUCT is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: block, block, blockade, close up, embarrass, hinder, impede, jam, obturate, occlude, stymie, stymy
 Antonyms: disengage, free
 See Also: asphyxiate, back up, bar, barricade, barricado, block off, block out, block up, blockade, bottleneck, check, choke, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, dam, dam up, earth up, filibuster, forbid, foreclose, forestall, foul, hang, hinder, land up, preclude, prevent, screen, stonewall, suffocate, tie up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ob*struct"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obstructed}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Obstructing}.] [L. obstructus, p. p. of obstruere
to build up before or against, to obstruct; ob (see {Ob-}) +
struere to pile up. See {Structure}.]
1. To block up; to stop up or close, as a way or passage; to
   place an obstacle in, or fill with obstacles or
   impediments that prevent or hinder passing; as, to
   obstruct a street; to obstruct the channels of the body.

         'T is the obstructed paths of sound shall clear.

2. To be, or come, in the way of; to hinder from passing; to
   stop; to impede; to retard; as, the bar in the harbor
   obstructs the passage of ships; clouds obstruct the light
   of the sun; unwise rules obstruct legislation. ``Th'
   impatience of obstructed love.'' --Johnson.

Syn: To bar; barricade; stop; arrest; check; interrupt; clog;
     choke; impede; retard; embarrass; oppose.

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