noun ob·sta·cle \ˈäb-sti-kəl, -ˌsti-\

: something that makes it difficult to do something

: an object that you have to go around or over : something that blocks your path

Full Definition of OBSTACLE

:  something that impedes progress or achievement

Examples of OBSTACLE

  1. He overcame the obstacles of poverty and neglect.
  2. They must overcome a number of obstacles before the restaurant can be opened.
  3. Lack of experience is a major obstacle for her opponent.
  4. She swerved to avoid an obstacle in the road.

Origin of OBSTACLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin obstaculum, from obstare to stand in front of, from ob- in the way + stare to stand — more at ob-, stand
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with OBSTACLE

OBSTACLE Defined for Kids


noun ob·sta·cle \ˈäb-stə-kəl\

Definition of OBSTACLE for Kids

:  something that stands in the way or opposes :  hindrance


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