[ uhb-struhkt ]
/ əbˈstrʌkt /
verb (used with object)
to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass: Debris obstructed the road.
to interrupt, hinder, or oppose the passage, progress, course, etc., of.
to block from sight; to be in the way of (a view, passage, etc.).
Origin of obstruct
ob·struct·ed·ly, adverbob·struct·er, ob·struc·tor, nounob·struct·ing·ly, adverbob·struc·tive, adjective
ob·struc·tive·ly, adverbob·struc·tive·ness, ob·struc·tiv·i·ty [ob-struhk-tiv-i-tee] /ˌɒb strʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounnon·ob·struc·tive, adjectivenon·ob·struc·tive·ly, adverbnon·ob·struc·tive·ness, nounpre·ob·struct, verb (used with object)un·ob·struct·ed, adjectiveun·ob·struc·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonobstructive
/ (əbˈstrʌkt) /
to block (a road, passageway, etc) with an obstacle
to make (progress or activity) difficult
to impede or block a clear view of
Derived Formsobstructor, nounobstructive, adjective, nounobstructively, adverbobstructiveness, noun
Word Origin for obstruct
C17: Latin obstructus built against, past participle of obstruere, from ob- against + struere to build
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Medicine definitions for nonobstructive
[ əb-strŭkt′, ŏb- ]
To block or close a body passage so as to hinder or interrupt a flow.
Related formsob•struc′tive adj.
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