What does obstacle mean?

Definitions for obstacle
ˈɒb stə kəlob·sta·cle

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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)

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: 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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obstacle

    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. obstaculumob, in the way of, stāre, to stand.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstacle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstacle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of obstacle in a Sentence

  1. Manuel Valls:

    The European standard of data protection is not an obstacle to economic activity, europe must make data protection an argument for attractiveness and competitiveness.

  2. David Schwebel:

    It’s very hard for the brain to handle multiple tasks at the same time, and walking through the obstacle course in this study required people to negotiate things like steps that require some cognitive complexity to complete while they were also distracted by texting.

  3. Chris Olukolade:

    The Sambisa forest is another place that is seriously mined ... A major obstacle to the move, by intelligence reports, we have many more (militant camps) and they must be destroyed.

  4. Robert Benchley:

    The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.

  5. Miguel Elizalde:

    Not having ULSD in 100% of the country represents an obstacle for carriers as they decide whether to renew their fleet.

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