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OBSTACLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obstacle mean? 

OBSTACLE (noun)
  The noun OBSTACLE has 2 senses:

1. something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
2. an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)

  Familiarity information: OBSTACLE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBSTACLE (noun)


Sense 1obstacle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

obstacle; obstruction

Context examples:

lack of imagination 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

Hypernyms ("obstacle" is a kind of...):

balk; baulk; check; deterrent; handicap; hinderance; hindrance; impediment (something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "obstacle"):

barrier; roadblock (any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective)

hang-up; hitch; rub; snag (an unforeseen obstacle)

hurdle (an obstacle that you are expected to overcome)

stymie; stymy (a thwarting and distressing situation)


Sense 2obstacle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("obstacle" is a kind of...):

impediment; impedimenta; obstructer; obstruction; obstructor (any structure that makes progress difficult)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "obstacle"):

hazard (an obstacle on a golf course)

stumbling block (any obstacle or impediment)

water jump (a pool or stream in a steeplechase or similar contest)


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