Obstruct

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

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

    Etymology dictionary

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 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,… …

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  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 obstruct — To interpose obstacles or impediments; to hinder, impede, or in any manner, directly or indirectly, to intrude or prevent. 39 Am J1st Obst J § 10. To make difficult or to present obstacles to the accomplishing of a thing. Anno: 148 ALR 1446. To… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 13 obstruct — verb ADVERB ▪ partially ▪ completely ▪ deliberately (esp. BrE), wilfully (BrE, law) ▪ wilfully obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 obstruct — ob|struct [əbˈstrʌkt] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of obstruere to build in the way ] 1.) to block a road, passage etc = ↑block ▪ A small aircraft was obstructing the runway. ▪ The column obstructed our view of the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 obstruct — verb 1》 be in the way of; block. 2》 prevent or hinder. Derivatives obstructor noun Origin C16: from L. obstruct , obstruere block up …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 obstruct — verb 1) ensure that the air vents are not obstructed Syn: block (up), clog (up), get in the way of, jam (up), cut off, shut off, bung up, choke, dam up; barricade, bar; technical occlude Ant: clear 2) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 obstruct — verb 1) ensure that vents are not obstructed Syn: block (up), clog (up), occlude, cut off, bung up, choke, dam up 2) he was obstructing the traffic Syn: hold up, bring to a standstill, stop …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 18 obstruct — v.tr. 1 block up; make hard or impossible to pass. 2 prevent or retard the progress of; impede. Derivatives: obstructor n. Etymology: L obstruere obstruct (as OB , struere build) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 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 ;… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 obstruct — obstructedly, adv. obstructer, obstructor, n. obstructingly, adv. obstructive, adj. obstructively, adv. obstructiveness, obstructivity /ob struk tiv i tee/, n. /euhb strukt /, v.t …

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