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[uh b-struhkt] /əbˈstrʌkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass:
Debris obstructed the road.
2.
to interrupt, hinder, or oppose the passage, progress, course, etc., of.
3.
to block from sight; to be in the way of (a view, passage, etc.).
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin obstructus (past participle of obstruere to build or pile up in the way, bar). See ob-, construct
Related forms
obstructedly, adverb
obstructer, obstructor, noun
obstructingly, adverb
obstructive, adjective
obstructively, adverb
obstructiveness, obstructivity
[ob-struhk-tiv-i-tee] /ˌɒb strʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonobstructive, adjective
nonobstructively, adverb
nonobstructiveness, noun
preobstruct, verb (used with object)
unobstructed, adjective
unobstructive, adjective
Synonyms
1. stop, choke, clog, hinder, impede, prevent; check, slow, retard, arrest.
Antonyms
1. encourage, further.
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Examples for obstructed
  • Due to a birth defect, my left kidney was enlarged and obstructed in two places.
  • Its coherent pedestrian circulation has never been seriously obstructed by new construction.
  • The waterfall pours from a canyon, but was obstructed at the bottom by a log.
  • On the other side, they heard police talking and a hail of bullets fired at the obstructed entrance.
  • Of course, you can always plug in headphones, as the stereo mini-jack is not obstructed by the case.
  • We move that much further away from reality and toward dysfunctionally obstructed government.
  • Unlike an electric field, which can be obstructed by any material that has an opposite charge, gravity can't be blocked.
  • Unleash some incivility on that harried bureaucrat and you might find your reasonable request obstructed.
  • There are some commercial technologies that try to tackle the problem of the obstructed photodetector.
  • Regarding comets tails, if the objective is interstellar voyages there comes a point where stellar winds become obstructed.
British Dictionary definitions for obstructed

obstruct

/əbˈstrʌkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to block (a road, passageway, etc) with an obstacle
2.
to make (progress or activity) difficult
3.
to impede or block a clear view of
Derived Forms
obstructor, noun
obstructive, adjective, noun
obstructively, adverb
obstructiveness, noun
Word Origin
C17: Latin obstructus built against, past participle of obstruere, from ob- against + struere to build
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Word Origin and History for obstructed
obstruct
1610s, from L. obstructus, pp. of obstruere "to block, to stop up" (see obstruction). Related: Obstructed; obstructing.
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obstructed in Medicine

obstruct ob·struct (əb-strŭkt', ŏb-)
v. ob·struct·ed, ob·struct·ing, ob·structs
To block or close a body passage so as to hinder or interrupt a flow.


ob·struc'tive adj.
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