obstruction

UK [əbˈstrʌkʃ(ə)n] / US noun
Word forms "obstruction":
singular obstruction plural obstructions
1) [countable] 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) [uncountable] 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) [uncountable] 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 rebels

2) [uncountable] 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) [uncountable] an offence in a game such as football 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

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