verb (used with object)
Origin of obstruct
Examples from the Web for obstruct
The first filibuster took place in 1837 and then became an increasingly employed strategy to obstruct the passage of legislation.Senate Democrats Didn’t Go Far Enough to Kill the Filibuster|Dean Obeidallah|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Merkley said that the power of minority to obstruct judicial nominations had really been ended in that standoff.
It's not much different from what they've done, or haven't done, all along: obstruct Obama.The Obama Scandals Are Desperate Measures by the GOP|Robert Shrum|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And the very political forces that you are trying to end run would rise up and obstruct at every turn.Should People Be Forced to Buy Liability Insurance for their Guns?|Megan McArdle|December 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“For those of you who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over,” he promised.
Then he often feels in the way and fears to obstruct the doctor in his job.Sketches of the East Africa Campaign|Robert Valentine Dolbey
General Butler had, in advance, loaded some vessels with stone ready to be sunk so as to obstruct the channel in an emergency.Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete|Ulysses S. Grant
There are then three ways in which a coagulum may obstruct the circulation through a vein.
Besides, the action of frost and water and vegetation has a continual operation to obstruct open ditches.Farm drainage|Henry Flagg French
The valid ground for now discussing its truth is that it is at present allowed to obstruct the practical conduct of life.Theism or Atheism|Chapman Cohen
British Dictionary definitions for obstruct
Word Origin for obstruct
Word Origin and History for obstruct
1610s, a back-formation from obstruction or else from Latin obstructus, past participle of obstruere "to block, to stop up" (see obstruction). Related: Obstructed; obstructing.