Definitions for obstacleˈɒb stə kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•sta•cleˈɒb stə kəl(n.)

  1. something that obstructs or hinders progress.

Origin of obstacle:

1300–50; ME < OF < L obstāculum, der. of obstā(re) to face, block

Princeton's WordNet

  1. obstacle, obstruction(noun)

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

    "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"

  2. obstacle(noun)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. obstacle(noun)ˈɒb stə kəl

    sth that prevents sb from achieving sth

    an obstacle to growth in his career

  2. obstacleˈɒb stə kəl

    an object that prevents you from moving

    an obstacle in the road


  1. obstacle(Noun)

    Something that impedes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress

    A big obstacle to understanding the manual was that it had been poorly translated from the Japanese.

  2. Origin: From obstacle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obstacle

    that which stands in the way, or opposes; anything that hinders progress; a hindrance; an obstruction, physical or moral

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. obstacle

    Any obstruction designed or employed to disrupt, fix, turn, or block the movement of an opposing force, and to impose additional losses in personnel, time, and equipment on the opposing force. Obstacles can exist naturally or can be man-made, or can be a combination of both.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obstacle' in Nouns Frequency: #2414

Translations for obstacle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something which prevents progress

His inability to learn foreign languages was an obstacle to his career.

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