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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.

    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.

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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. Robert Stein:

    It's a terrible mistake for Republicans, there is one party embracing innovation and there's another fighting an obstacle, the president.

  2. Judith Smith:

    For me, dancing for an intimate audience, I just hope that they are watching and that they can relate in some way, if they've hit an obstacle in their life, I hope to inspire on how to overcome that obstacle.

  3. Cometan:

    Over every obstacle I leap, over every trial I triumph, and over ever bridge I cross to see my vision come true.

  4. 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.

  5. Luigi Di Maio:

    If the goal is to put into action an election platform and the obstacle is Luigi Di Maio as premier, then I say let's choose a prime minister together.

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