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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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}.] 
  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. 
  --Pope. 
 
  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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