obstruction

noun ob·struc·tion \ əb-ˈstrək-shən , äb- \

Definition of obstruction

1 a : the state of being obstructed; especially : a condition of being clogged or blocked
  • an intestinal obstruction
  • She died from an obstruction of the airway.
b : an act of obstructing
  • Passage of the law was delayed by the congressman's obstruction.
2 : something that obstructs
  • removing obstructions that block the path
  • a view without obstruction

Examples of obstruction in a Sentence

  1. They are removing trees and other obstructions from the path.

  2. cases of intestinal obstruction in children

  3. She died from an obstruction of the airway.

  4. He is on trial for the obstruction of a criminal investigation.

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First Known Use of obstruction

1533


OBSTRUCTION Defined for English Language Learners

obstruction

noun

Definition of obstruction for English Language Learners

  • : something that blocks something else and makes it difficult for things to move through

  • : the condition of being blocked so that things cannot move through easily

  • : the act of making it difficult for something to happen or move forward


OBSTRUCTION Defined for Kids

obstruction

noun ob·struc·tion \ əb-ˈstrək-shən \

Definition of obstruction for Students

1 : an act of blocking or hindering : the state of having something that blocks or hinders
2 : something that gets in the way : obstacle

Medical Dictionary

obstruction

noun ob·struc·tion \ əb-ˈstrək-shən, äb- \

medical Definition of obstruction

1 a : an act of obstructing
b : a condition of being clogged or blocked
  • intestinal obstruction
2 : something that obstructs
  • dislodge an airway obstruction


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