What does obstacle mean?

Definitions for obstacle
ˈɒb stə kəlob·sta·cle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obstacle, obstructionnoun

    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. obstaclenoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. obstaclenoun

    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. Etymology: From obstacle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Obstaclenoun

    Something opposed; hindrance; obstruction.

    Etymology: obstacle, Fr. obstaculum, Lat.

    Conscience is a blushing shame-fac’d spirit,
    That mutinies in a man’s bosom: it fills
    One full of obstacles. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    If all obstacles were cut away,
    And that my path were even to the crown,
    As the ripe reverence and due of birth. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Disparity in age seems a greater obstacle to an intimate friendship than inequality of fortune. For the humours, business, and diversions, of young and old, are generally very different. Jeremy Collier, on Friendship.

    Some conjectures about the formation of sand-stone, the origin of mountains and islands, I am obliged to look into that they may not remain as obstacles to the less skilful. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    What more natural and usual obstacle to those who take voyages, than winds and storms. Alexander Pope.

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.

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  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. Meechai Ruchupan:

    If people want to vote for Puea Thai, then they will get the vote, this charter is not designed to be an obstacle to any political party.

  2. Les Brown:

    The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience.

  3. Kelly Ernby:

    As it applies to COVID, the argument [ vaccine mandate opposition ] undermines communal action at precisely the moment when communal action has emerged as the only obstacle to the spread of a deadly disease, what’s especially iniquitous about the anti-mandate and anti-vaccination arguments is the damage they are doing to America’s public health system.

  4. Selahattin Demirtas:

    Erdogan is the biggest obstacle for the peace process to continue. But he will not rule this country forever. I am absolutely sure the process will be revived.

  5. Zhang Rongqiao:

    In 2016, China officially began the Mars exploration mission work, and currently all of the different development work is progressing smoothly, the hovering-and-obstacle avoidance test for the Mars lander being carried out today makes up a crucial part of the development process. As scheduled, China's first Mars exploration mission will take place in 2020.

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