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OBSTRUCTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obstruction mean? 

OBSTRUCTION (noun)
  The noun OBSTRUCTION has 5 senses:

1. any structure that makes progress difficult
2. the state or condition of being obstructed
3. something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
4. the act of obstructing
5. getting in someone's way

  Familiarity information: OBSTRUCTION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBSTRUCTION (noun)


Sense 1obstruction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any structure that makes progress difficult

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

obstruction; impedimenta; obstructer; impediment; obstructor

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

construction; structure (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts)

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

tumbler (a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown)

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

encumbrance; hinderance; hindrance; hitch; incumbrance; interference; preventative; preventive (any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome)

block; blockage; closure; occlusion; stop; stoppage (an obstruction in a pipe or tube)

blockade (prevents access or progress)

barrier (a structure or object that impedes free movement)

bar (an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal)


Sense 2obstruction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state or condition of being obstructed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

blockage; obstruction

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

physiological condition; physiological state (the state of the body or bodily functions)

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

ileus; intestinal obstruction (blockage of the intestine (especially the ileum) that prevents the contents of the intestine from passing to the lower bowel)

tamponade; tamponage (blockage or closure (as of a wound or body cavity) by (or as if by) a tampon (especially to stop bleeding))


Sense 3obstruction [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 ("obstruction" 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 "obstruction"):

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 4obstruction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of obstructing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

obstruction of justice

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

hinderance; hindrance; interference (the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding)

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

blockage; closure; occlusion (the act of blocking)

stall; stalling (a tactic used to mislead or delay)

obstruction of justice (impeding those who seek justice in a court (as by trying to influence or intimidate any juror or witness or officer of the court); can result in a finding of contempt of court)


Sense 5obstruction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Getting in someone's way

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

maneuver; manoeuvre; play (a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill)

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

block; blocking (the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements)

check (obstructing an opponent in ice hockey)


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