obstruct
transitive verb Etymology: Latin obstructus, past participle of obstruere, from ob- in the way + struere to build, heap up — more at ob-, strew Date: 1590 1. to block or close up by an obstacle 2. to hinder from passage, action, or operation ; impede 3. to cut off from sight <
a wall obstructs the view
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Synonyms: see hinderobstructive adjective or nounobstructiveness nounobstructor noun

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  • Obstruct — 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To block up; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obstruct — I verb bar, barricade, block, brake, bridle, bring to a standstill, check, choke, circumscribe, congest, countervail, cramp, cripple, curb, debar, delay, disable, embar, encumber, estop, forbid, frustrate, halt, hamper, hamstring, handicap,… …   Law dictionary

  • obstruct — (v.) 1610s, from L. obstructus, pp. of obstruere to block, to stop up (see OBSTRUCTION (Cf. obstruction)). Related: Obstructed; obstructing …   Etymology dictionary

  • obstruct — impede, block, *hinder, bar, dam Analogous words: *prevent, preclude, obviate, avert: *restrain, check, curb, inhibit …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • obstruct — [v] prevent, restrict arrest, bar, barricade, block, check, choke, clog, close, congest, crab, curb, cut off, drag one’s feet*, fill, foul up, frustrate, get in the way*, hamper, hamstring*, hang up*, hide, hinder, hold up, impede, inhibit,… …   New thesaurus

  • obstruct — ► VERB 1) be in the way of; block. 2) prevent or hinder. DERIVATIVES obstructive adjective obstructor noun. ORIGIN Latin obstruere, from struere pile up …   English terms dictionary

  • obstruct — [əb strukt′] vt. [< L obstructus, pp. of obstruere, to block up, build against < ob (see OB ) + struere, to pile up: see STREW] 1. to block or stop up (a passage) with obstacles or impediments; dam; clog 2. to hinder (progress, an activity …   English World dictionary

  • obstruct — [[t]ɒbstrʌ̱kt[/t]] obstructs, obstructing, obstructed 1) VERB If something obstructs a road or path, it blocks it, stopping people or vehicles getting past. [V n] Tractors and container lorries have completely obstructed the road. Syn: block 2)… …   English dictionary

  • obstruct — UK [əbˈstrʌkt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms obstruct : present tense I/you/we/they obstruct he/she/it obstructs present participle obstructing past tense obstructed past participle obstructed 1) to block a path, passage, door etc so that it… …   English dictionary

  • obstruct — To hinder or prevent from progress, check, stop, also to retard the progress of, make accomplishment of difficult and slow. Conley v. United States, C.C.A.Minn., 59 F.2d 929, 936. To be or come in the way of or to cut off the sight of an object.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • obstruct — ob|struct [ əb strʌkt ] verb transitive 1. ) to block a path, passage, door, etc. so that it is difficult or impossible for someone or something to move along or through it: Tenants must not obstruct access to fire equipment. Seven people were… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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