[ uh-klood ]
/ əˈklud /

verb (used with object), oc·clud·ed, oc·clud·ing.

to close, shut, or stop up (a passage, opening, etc.).
to shut in, out, or off.
Physical Chemistry. (of certain metals and other solids) to incorporate (gases and other foreign substances), as by absorption or adsorption.

verb (used without object), oc·clud·ed, oc·clud·ing.

Dentistry. to shut or close, with the cusps of the opposing teeth of the upper and lower jaws fitting together.
Meteorology. to form an occluded front.

Nearby words

  1. occipitoposterior position,
  2. occipitotransverse position,
  3. occiput,
  4. occitan,
  5. occleve,
  6. occluded front,
  7. occlusal,
  8. occlusal analysis,
  9. occlusal equilibration,
  10. occlusal force

Origin of occlude

1590–1600; < Latin occlūdere to shut up, close up, equivalent to oc- oc- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to close

Related formsoc·clud·ent, adjectiveun·oc·clud·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for occlude


/ (əˈkluːd) /


(tr) to block or stop up (a passage or opening); obstruct
(tr) to prevent the passage of
(tr) chem (of a solid) to incorporate (a substance) by absorption or adsorption
meteorol to form or cause to form an occluded front
dentistry to produce or cause to produce occlusion, as in chewing
Derived Formsoccludent, adjective

Word Origin for occlude

C16: from Latin occlūdere, from ob- (intensive) + claudere to close

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Word Origin and History for occlude



1590s, from Latin occludere (past participle occlusus) "shut up, close up," from ob "against, up" (see ob-) + claudere "to shut, close" (see close (v.)). Of teeth, 1888 (also cf. occlusion). Related: Occluded; occluding.

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Medicine definitions for occlude


[ ə-klōōd ]


To cause to become closed; obstruct.
To prevent the passage of.
To bring together the upper and lower teeth in proper alignment for chewing.
To enclose a virus, as in an inclusion body.
In chemistry, to absorb and retain gases and other substances.
Related formsoc•cludent adj.

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Science definitions for occlude


[ ə-klōōd ]

To force air upward from the Earth's surface, as when a cold front overtakes and undercuts a warm front.
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