- ob|struc|tion [ əb`strʌkʃən ] noun1. ) count something that blocks a path, passage, door, etc. so that it is difficult or impossible for someone or something to move along or through it:They're going to operate on an obstruction in her colon.a ) uncount the act of blocking a path, passage, door, etc. so that it is difficult or impossible for someone or something to move along or through it:You will be charged with obstruction of a public footpath.Check that there is no obstruction of the patient's airway.b ) uncount the act of preventing someone or something from moving along or through a path, passage, door, etc. by blocking it:obstruction of food shipments by the rebels2. ) uncount the act of taking action in order to prevent someone from doing something or to prevent something from happening:She was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.He was criticized for his obstruction of efforts to rebuild the war-torn country.3. ) uncount an offense in a game such as soccer in which you put your body between an opponent and the ball so that they cannot get it:Collett won a free kick for obstruction.
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obstruction — [ ɔpstryksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1538; lat. obstructio 1 ♦ Méd. Gêne ou obstacle à la circulation des matières solides ou liquides (dans un conduit de l organisme). ⇒ engorgement, iléus, oblitération, occlusion. Obstruction des voies respiratoires. 2 ♦… … Encyclopédie Universelle
Obstruction — Ob*struc tion, n. [L. obstructio.] 1. The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed. [1913 Webster] 2. That which obstructs or impedes; an obstacle; an impediment; a hindrance. [1913 Webster] A popular assembly free from obstruction. Swift … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
obstruction — OBSTRUCTION. s. f. Bouchement des vaisseaux & des conduits par lesquels se portent les humeurs & les esprits dans tout le corps de l animal. Ces viandes causent obstruction. cela guerit les obstructions. il y a obstruction dans le mesentere, dans … Dictionnaire de l'Académie française
Obstruction — (Obstructio alvi, Stuhlverhaltung, Stuhlverstopfung), mangelnde od. wenigstens gehemmte Ausleerung des Darmkothes. Die O. findet in sehr verschiedenem Grade statt u. wird durch verschiedene Ursachen bedingt, so durch entzündliche Zustände des… … Pierer's Universal-Lexikon
Obstruction — Obstruction, lat. dtsch., Verstopfung, die verzögerte oder ganz unterbrochene Entleerung des Darmkanals. Veranlassung geben fehlerhafte Nahrung, zu reizende od. zu fade, schwer verdauliche, ferner Unterlassung des nöthigen Trinkens, sitzende… … Herders Conversations-Lexikon
obstruction — I noun balk, ban, bar, barricade, barrier, block, blockade, blockage, bridle, catch, check, clog, closure, congestion, constraint, constriction, cork, curb, dam, difficulty, disallowance, embargo, embarrassment, enjoining, fence, forbiddance,… … Law dictionary
obstruction — (n.) 1530s, from L. obstructionem (nom. obstructio) a building up, noun of action from pp. stem of obstruere block up, build up, hinder, from ob against (see OB (Cf. ob )) + struere to pile, build (see STRUCTURE (Cf. structure) (n.)) … Etymology dictionary
obstruction — *obstacle, impediment, bar, snag Analogous words: hindering or hindrance, blocking or block (see corre sponding verbs at HINDER): arresting or arrest, checking or check, interruption (see corresponding verbs at ARREST) Antonyms: assistance… … New Dictionary of Synonyms
obstruction — [n] obstacle, impediment bar, barricade, barrier, block, blockage, blocking, booby trap*, check, checkmate*, circumvention, difficulty, gridlock*, hamper, hindrance, hurdle, interference, jam*, lock, monkey wrench*, mountain*, restraint,… … New thesaurus
obstruction — ► NOUN 1) the action of obstructing or the state of being obstructed. 2) a thing that obstructs … English terms dictionary
obstruction — [əb struk′shən] n. [L obstructio] 1. an obstructing or being obstructed 2. anything that obstructs; hindrance SYN. OBSTACLE … English World dictionary