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obstruction


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Obstruction  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  obstruction 
  n  1:  anything  that  makes  progress  difficult  [syn:  {impediment},  {impedimenta}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {obstacle}] 
  3:  the  act  of  obstructing;  "obstruction  of  justice" 
  4:  getting  in  someone's  way 




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