Definition of obstacle
: something that impedes progress or achievement Mosquitoes were a great obstacle to the building of the Panama Canal. … elders … often facing daily medical, social, and psychological obstacles. — Vicki Bloom and B. B. Green-Field
Examples of obstacle in a Sentence
He overcame the obstacles of poverty and neglect.
They must overcome a number of obstacles before the restaurant can be opened.
Lack of experience is a major obstacle for her opponent.
She swerved to avoid an obstacle in the road.
Recent Examples of obstacle from the Web
Troika can recognize its location inside the airport terminal and navigate around passers-by and obstacles, said Kim Hyoungrock, the chief research engineer at LG Electronics who oversaw the robot’s development.
NBN aims to minimize or remove the financial, logistical, professional and social obstacles that new immigrants to Israel face, according to the organization's website www.nbn.org.il.
Although ultimately successful, the research was not without obstacles.
While the legalization of gay marriage eliminated many of the financial problems encountered by same-sex couples, legacy issues still present obstacles that financial advisers can help navigate.
But Sunday night, SAG-AFTRA posted an ominous note on its Web site, indicating that the actors’ union has hit a major obstacle in its negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
To attract locals despite the (literal) obstacles, Remoulade will offer a happy-hour food and drink deal all seven days of the week.
Those debt obligations can be big obstacles keeping you from reaching your financial goals.
A 5.2-mile obstacle course on 180 acres of farmland.
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OBSTACLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obstacle for English Language Learners
: something that makes it difficult to do something
: an object that you have to go around or over : something that blocks your path
OBSTACLE Defined for Kids
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