Definitions for obstacleˈɒb stə kəl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ob•sta•cleˈɒb stə kəl(n.)
something that obstructs or hinders progress.
Origin of obstacle:
1300–50; ME < OF < L obstāculum, der. of obstā(re) to face, block
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)
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
obstacle(noun)ˈɒb stə kəl
sth that prevents sb from achieving sth
an obstacle to growth in his career
obstacleˈɒb stə kəl
an object that prevents you from moving
an obstacle in the road
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
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.
Translations for obstacle
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
something which prevents progress
His inability to learn foreign languages was an obstacle to his career.
- hindernis, struikelblokAfrikaans
- عَقَبَه، عائِقArabic
- obstáculoPortuguese (BR)
- das HindernisGerman
- अवरोध, अटकावHindi
- 장애, 방해Korean
- препятствие; преградаRussian
- 障礙Chinese (Trad.)
- перешкода, завадаUkrainian
- trở ngạiVietnamese
- 障碍Chinese (Simp.)
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