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División en sílabas: ob·struc·tion
Pronunciación: /əbˈstrəkSH(ə)n
, äbˈstrəkSH(ə)n

Definición de obstruction en inglés:


1The action of obstructing or the state of being obstructed: they faced obstruction in carrying out their research walkers could proceed with the minimum of obstruction
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • What is unhealthy is the growing habit of obstruction, delay and occasional flat refusal to co-operate.
  • For the administration and its conservative allies, the United Nations represents embarrassment and obstruction.
  • Remember, snoring means obstructed breathing, and obstruction can be serious.
1.1A thing that impedes or prevents passage or progress; an obstacle or blockage: the tractor hit an obstruction
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • The nylon line that anglers use frequently breaks when hooks become snagged on underwater obstructions or bankside vegetation.
  • Check for depth and obstructions before diving, then go in feet first for the initial try.
  • Because there had been no trains on the line for two days because of Christmas he was checking for fallen trees or other obstructions.
blockage, stoppage, congestion, bottleneck, holdup, jam;
Medicine occlusion
informal fly in the ointment, monkey wrench (in the works)
1.2(In various sports) the action of unlawfully obstructing a player on the opposing team.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • Melvin, too, was informed that the only player guilty of obstruction was Lopez.
  • After four minutes Barnhall were awarded a penalty when a Naas player was penalised for obstruction.
  • It's true that less obstruction helps all players and speeds up the game.
1.3 Medicine Blockage of a bodily passageway, as the intestines.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • A thorough examination of the head and neck should be performed to look for obstruction, inflammation and infection.
  • An infectious cause should be suspected in children with signs and symptoms of airway obstruction accompanied by a prodromal illness or fever.
  • Intestinal strictures and bowel obstruction may develop in patients with refractory sprue or celiac disease that has been untreated over a long period.
1.4 Law The action of deliberately hindering a legal process.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • The refusal of a citizen to identify himself under such circumstances causes a major inconvenience and obstruction to the police in carrying out their proper duties.
  • After being charged with the thefts and obstruction, police released him on bail to appear before magistrates the following week but he failed to turn up.
  • The adults, who had been staying in the motel room, were charged with cruelty to children, public indecency and obstruction of police and were taken to a psychiatric ward.


mid 16th century: from Latin obstructio(n-), from the verb obstruere (see obstruct).

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