- 1The action of obstructing or the state of being obstructed: walkers could proceed with the minimum of obstructionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] A thing that impedes or prevents passage or progress; an obstacle or blockage: the tractor hit an obstructionMore example sentences
obstacle, barrier, stumbling block, hurdle, bar, block, impediment, hindrance, snag, difficulty, catch, drawback, hitch, handicap, deterrent, curb, check, stop, baulk, restriction; blockage, stoppage, congestion, bottleneck, hold-up; Medicine occlusion• informal fly in the ointmentBritish • informal spanner in the worksNorth American • informal monkey wrench in the works• dated cumber
- 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.
- 1.2(In various sports) the action of unlawfully obstructing a player in the opposing team.More example sentences
- 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 passage, especially the gut: they presented with severe intestinal obstructionMore example sentences
- 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 impeding the movement of traffic on a highway: they were held for obstruction and other public order offencesMore example sentences
- Meetings and marches are subject to the laws prohibiting obstruction of the highway, public nuisance, and trespass, and to local authority by-laws.
- The dictionary meaning of gridlock is obstruction of traffic caused by queues of vehicles forming across a junction and causing further queues to form in the intersecting streets.
- The council decided this caused obstruction to traffic and painted yellow lines down both sides.
- 1.5 Law The action of deliberately hindering the police in their duties: he was charged with obstruction of a police officer in the execution of his dutyMore example sentences
- 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).