- obstacle course,
- obstacle race,
- obstetric conjugate
Origin of obstacle
Examples from the Web for obstacle
In fact, she says the sexism she faced was far more of an obstacle than her autism in the workplace.The Most Inspiring Bits of Temple Grandin’s Reddit AMA|Emily Shire|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If there is no obstacle, they would enjoy the ease that is shown to everyone else.Turkey Takes in ‘Terrorists’ from the Muslim Brotherhood|Thomas Seibert|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“After you imagine the obstacle, you can figure out what you can do to overcome it and make a plan,” explains Oettingen.4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out|DailyBurn|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But she nevertheless downplayed their differences as any obstacle to joining forces.Elections Could Be the Beginning of the End for Europe|Tracy McNicoll, Nadette De Visser|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just getting to Malibu Colony has become an obstacle course.
Every obstacle creates confusion, speedily converted into panic by opposition.Destruction and Reconstruction:|Richard Taylor
Another one is living wretchedly with a wife poorly dowried, let him think that his wife is an obstacle to his fortune.
The first obstacle was a 228 great spur of boulder conglomerate.Kashmir|Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
It is not always easy to understand—but the obstacle lies often, I take it, in our own ignorance.The Legacy of Greece|Various
Were you told that the duties imposed by the ministry were free from every obstacle, exempt from every peril?The Betrothed|Alessandro Manzoni
Word Origin for obstacle
mid-14c., from Old French obstacle, ostacle "opposition, obstruction, hindrance" (13c.) or directly from Latin obstaculum "a hindrance, obstacle," with instrumental suffix *-tlom + obstare "stand before, stand opposite to, block, hinder, thwart," from ob "against" (see ob-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
The lover thinks more often of reaching his mistress than the husband of guarding his wife; the prisoner thinks more often of escaping than the gaoler of shutting his door; and so, whatever the obstacles may be, the lover and the prisoner ought to succeed. [Stendhal, "Charterhouse of Parma"]
Obstacle course is attested from 1891.