Meaning of OBSTRUCTION in English


/ əbˈstrʌkʃn; NAmE / noun


[ U , C ] the fact of trying to prevent sth/sb from making progress :

the obstruction of justice

He was arrested for obstruction of a police officer in the execution of his duty.


[ U , C ] the fact of blocking a road, an entrance, a passage, etc. :

obstruction of the factory gates

The abandoned car was causing an obstruction.


[ C ] something that blocks a road, an entrance, etc. :

It is my job to make sure that all pathways are clear of obstructions.


[ C , U ] something that blocks a passage or tube in your body; a medical condition resulting from this

SYN blockage :

He had an operation to remove an obstruction in his throat.

bowel / intestinal obstruction


[ U ] ( sport ) the offence of unfairly preventing a player of the other team from moving to get the ball



mid 16th cent.: from Latin obstructio(n-) , from the verb obstruere , from ob- against + struere build, pile up.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.