obstruct

[uhb-struhkt]
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:
1605–15; < Latin obstructus (past participle of obstruere to build or pile up in the way, bar). See ob-, construct

obstructedly, adverb
obstructer, obstructor, noun
obstructingly, adverb
obstructive, adjective
obstructively, adverb
obstructiveness, obstructivity [ob-struhk-tiv-i-tee] , noun
nonobstructive, adjective
nonobstructively, adverb
nonobstructiveness, noun
preobstruct, verb (used with object)
unobstructed, adjective
unobstructive, adjective


1. stop, choke, clog, hinder, impede, prevent; check, slow, retard, arrest.


1. encourage, further.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To unobstructed
Collins
World English Dictionary
obstruct (əbˈstrʌkt)
 
vb
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
 
[C17: Latin obstructus built against, past participle of obstruere, from ob- against + struere to build]
 
ob'structor
 
n
 
ob'structive
 
adj, —n
 
ob'structively
 
adv
 
ob'structiveness
 
n

unobstructed (ˌʌnəbˈstrʌktɪd)
 
adj
(of a passageway, view, etc) not blocked by any object

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

unobstructed
1650s, from un- (1) "not" + pp. of obstruct.

obstruct
1610s, from L. obstructus, pp. of obstruere "to block, to stop up" (see obstruction). Related: Obstructed; obstructing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Wind turbines function best in wide-open spaces where they can capture airflow
  unobstructed by buildings or mountains.
Because cars don't have to wait for a signal, but can proceed unobstructed.
They'll have to find a spot where their view of the sky is unobstructed but the
  moon is blocked out by trees or a building.
Also on the south side are several acres of gardens that offer unobstructed
  bridge views.
Synonyms
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature