obstruct

Definitions

  • One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail
    One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v obstruct block passage through "obstruct the path"
    • v obstruct shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight "The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage","The trees obstruct my view of the mountains"
    • v obstruct hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of "His brother blocked him at every turn"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obstruct 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."
    • Obstruct 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obstruct To block up; stop up or close, as a way or passage; fill with obstacles or impediments that prevent passing.
    • obstruct To hinder from passing; stop; impede in any way; check.
    • obstruct To retard; interrupt; delay: as, progress is often obstructed by difficulties, though not entirely stopped.
    • obstruct Synonyms To bar, barricade, blockade, arrest, clog, choke, dam up, embarrass, See obstacle.
    • n obstruct An obstruction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Obstruct ob-strukt′ to block up, to hinder from passing, to retard
    • n Obstruct one who opposes progress
    • n Obstruct (med.) anything that obstructs, esp. in the passages of the body
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Quotations

  • Hsi-Tang
    Hsi-Tang
    “Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes it obstructs your vision.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obstructus, p. p. of obstruere, to build up before or against, to obstruct; ob,see Ob-) + struere, to pile up. See Structure

Usage

In literature:

Up to that point all the land was flat, while all beyond was very rugged and obstructed by very difficult passes.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
So they sought again, and soon found an open spot where the sky was visible without any obstructing tree-branches overhead.
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Are there any obstructions there, anything but smooth, open lawn?
"No Clue" by James Hay
The object of the British was to so obstruct the mouth of the creek that the Americans should be unable to come out.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Then the trees grew thicker, obstructing his view.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
The heavy skirts dragged down her feet and obstructed free movement of them.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
There was no obstruction visible.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
He replied that no delay should be made by any obstruction of any officer, or others of the customs or police.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various
Parliamentary government in Austria had broken down; the opposition had recourse to obstruction, and no business could be done.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Seems like they know they have to fly over a high obstruction, but don't figger on it for a low one.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
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In poetry:

The outgrowth of his youthful ken
No cold obstruction fetters;
He quickly learns the "types" of men,
And all the world of "letters."
"The Happy Printer" by Henry Austin Dobson
But when the morning rolled the double shroud
Of Night and Battle from the land and sea,
The Sun looked forth through no obstructing cloud,
And saw a Nation FREE.
"Yorktown" by James Avis Bartley
Thou seem'st to say "I've sunshine too;
'Tis beaming in a spotless breast;
No shade of guilt obstructs the view,
And there are many not so blest,
Who day's blush see.
"Lines Written Upon Seeing A Blind Young Woman In North Wales" by Sir John Carr
The fearless Lover wants no Beam of Light,
The Robber knows him, nor obstructs his Way,
Sacred he wanders through the pathless Night,
Belongs to Venus, and can never stray.
"Elegy V" by James Hammond
A Health to the Patriot, whoever he be,
From Taxes and Debts who his Country would free;
May so noble a Scheme ev'ry where meet Applause;
No Party, or Faction, t'obstruct the good Cause.
"An Antigallican Song" by Cornelius Arnold
Daphne
—- Ours is a wholesome air;
You'd better go to Town and practise there:
For me, I've no obstructions to remove;
I'm pretty well, I thank your father Jove,
And physic is a weak ally to love.
"Daphne to Apollo. Imitated From The First Book Of Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Matthew Prior

In news:

Legacy just beginning as floodwaters rise and commutes are obstructed .
Review of Airway Maintenance and Obstructed Airway Care.
Barry Bonds convicted of obstruction of justice , jury deadlocks on other counts.
Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice , but the jury couldn't decide on the other charges he faced.
Roselle Park Police charge Elizabeth driver with obstruction of justice , several traffic violations.
ROSELLE PARK — Brian Perez, 21, of Elizabeth was charged with obstruction of justice and several traffic violations.
Like' button leads to obstruction of justice charge.
Barry Bonds' lawyers have filed their reply brief in their appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction.
Slain teen's brother arrested for alleged obstruction of justice in KIPP student's killing.
Barry Bonds is officially appealing his felony obstruction conviction.
Barry Bonds' sentence delayed as he appeals obstruction of justice charge.
Davey/EPA Barry Bonds will remain free and unpunished while he appeals an obstruction of justice charge.
Barry Bonds to be sentenced for obstruction of justice .
Obstruction of justice .
Obstruction of Justice , Continued.
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In science:

Thus, in order to define the Hamiltonian, we must remove from the manifold any fixed points (and other obstructions to foliation).
Generalized entropy and Noether charge
Though M has only ∂M for a boundary, we had to remove all the obstructions to foliation before performing the integration.
Generalized entropy and Noether charge
Let O be the intersection of these obstructions with Στ .
Generalized entropy and Noether charge
The obstructions to foliation are at r = 2n, θ = 0 and θ = π .
Generalized entropy and Noether charge
We will also find a simple interpretation of the cohomology class of Ω; it is the obstruction for the lifting of A to an R-valued map.
Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and the Berry phase
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