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"
an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)
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.
Origin: From obstacle.
that which stands in the way, or opposes; anything that hinders progress; a hindrance; an obstruction, physical or moral
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ob′sta-kl, n. anything that stands in the way of or hinders progress: obstruction.—Obstacle race, a race in which obstacles have to be surmounted or circumvented. [Fr.,—L. obstaculum—ob, in the way of, stāre, to stand.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
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
Rank popularity for the word 'obstacle' in Nouns Frequency: #2414
The numerical value of obstacle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of obstacle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
Clearing away the obstacle was a first step, but the next step is educating the public about it.
Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming a successful executive.
It's been crazy, i've learned about myself how to overcome obstacle and obviously yesterday was an obstacle that I never thought I would be able to overcome.
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Translations for obstacle
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- obstacleCatalan, Valencian
- bacadh, amaladhScottish Gaelic
- խոչընդոտ, արգելքArmenian
- ostacolo, inciampoItalian
- 障害, 邪魔Japanese
- 방해물, 장애물Korean
- przeszkoda, trudnośćPolish
- obstacol, piedicăRomanian
- препятствие, помехаRussian
- prȅpreka, пре̏прекаSerbo-Croatian
- ఆటంకం, అడ్డంTelugu
- ket, mani, mahzur, engelTurkish
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