obstruction

noun
ob·​struc·​tion | \ əb-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce obstruction (audio) , äb-\

Definition of obstruction

1a : 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

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Examples of obstruction in a Sentence

They are removing trees and other obstructions from the path. cases of intestinal obstruction in children She died from an obstruction of the airway. He is on trial for the obstruction of a criminal investigation.
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If your pet acquires a taste for trees (either real or fake), enough needles can form a wad in the GI tract and cause an obstruction. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "5 Holiday Plants That Are Way More Toxic Than Poinsettias to Cats and Dogs," 14 Dec. 2018 Design to stop a final vote on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, asserting an obstruction of his constitutional duty to advised and consent on nominees. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: The accusers' last act," 26 Sep. 2018 Such actions constitute an obstruction of justice and improper influence on a witness. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 July 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Robinson also faces an obstruction of justice charge in the case, Statesville station WSIC reported. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Lake Norman man charged with having two wives | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 Mason was charged with resisting an officer/obstruction without violence, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana in an amount less than 20 grams and failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Tre Mason announces intention to return to football with video," 28 Mar. 2018 Manafort's testimony, alone, could support an obstruction of justice case against the president or Donald Trump, Jr. (or Jared Kushner). Andrew Cohen, Esquire, "Is Bannon Gambling with Mueller?," 20 Feb. 2018 These can be signs of intestinal obstruction, which happens when some sort of blockage is keeping food or fluids from passing through your digestive system, says Dr. Marion. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019 This part of Pompano is zoned so that there are no specific height limitations, other than what the FAA decrees is an obstruction to the nearby airport. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "New luxury high-rise will be the tallest yet in Pompano Beach," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of obstruction

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of obstruction was in 1533

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obstruction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of obstruction

: 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

noun
ob·​struc·​tion | \ əb-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce obstruction (audio) \

Kids Definition of obstruction

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

obstruction

noun
ob·​struc·​tion | \ əb-ˈstrək-shən, äb- How to pronounce obstruction (audio) \

Medical Definition of obstruction

1a : 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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