|lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness.|
|severe in manner or appearance; uncompromising; strict; forbidding:|
|1.||(tr) to block or stop up (a passage or opening); obstruct|
|2.||(tr) to prevent the passage of|
|3.||(tr) chem (of a solid) to incorporate (a substance) by absorption or adsorption|
|4.||meteorol to form or cause to form an occluded front|
|5.||dentistry to produce or cause to produce occlusion, as in chewing|
|[C16: from Latin occlūdere, from ob- (intensive) + claudere to close]|
occlude oc·clude (ə-kl&oomacr;d')
v. oc·clud·ed, oc·clud·ing, oc·cludes
To cause to become closed; obstruct.
To prevent the passage of.
To bring together the upper and lower teeth in proper alignment for chewing.
To enclose a virus, as in an inclusion body.
In chemistry, to absorb and retain gases and other substances.