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ob·sta·cle

 (ŏb′stə-kəl)
n.
Something that stands in the way of or holds up progress: The road crew removed the obstacle of the fallen tree limb. We had to overcome many obstacles to put on this show.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin obstāculum, from obstāre, to hinder : ob-, against; see ob- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

obstacle

(ˈɒbstəkəl)
n
1. a person or thing that opposes or hinders something
2. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) Brit a fence or hedge used in showjumping
[C14: via Old French from Latin obstāculum, from obstāre, from ob- against + stāre to stand]

ob•sta•cle

(ˈɒb stə kəl)

n.
something that obstructs or hinders progress.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French < Latin obstāculum, derivative of obstā(re) to face, block]

obstacle

Any obstruction designed or employed to disrupt, fix, turn, or block the movement of an opposing force, and to impose additional losses in personnel, time, and equipment on the opposing force. Obstacles can be natural, manmade, or a combination of both.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obstacle - something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmountedobstacle - something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted; "lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"; "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"; "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"
deterrent, hinderance, hindrance, impediment, balk, baulk, handicap, check - something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
roadblock, barrier - any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective; "intolerance is a barrier to understanding"
rub, hang-up, hitch, snag - an unforeseen obstacle
hurdle - an obstacle that you are expected to overcome; "the last hurdle before graduation"
stymie, stymy - a thwarting and distressing situation
2.obstacle - an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)
hazard - an obstacle on a golf course
impedimenta, obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment - any structure that makes progress difficult
stumbling block - any obstacle or impediment
water jump - a pool or stream in a steeplechase or similar contest

obstacle

noun
1. obstruction, block, barrier, hurdle, hazard, snag, impediment, blockage, hindrance She had to navigate her way round trolleys and other obstacles.
2. hindrance, check, bar, block, difficulty, barrier, handicap, hurdle, hitch, drawback, snag, deterrent, uphill (S. African), obstruction, stumbling block, impediment Overcrowding remains a large obstacle to improving conditions.
hindrance help, support, benefit, aid, advantage, asset, assistance, crutch

obstacle

noun
Something that impedes or prevents entry or passage:
Translations
عُقبَةٌعَقَبَه، عائِق
překážka
forhindring
este
prepreka
akadály
hindrun
障害物
장애물
kliūčių ruožas
šķērslis
ovira
hinder
อุปสรรค
sự trở ngại

obstacle

[ˈɒbstəkl]
A. Nobstáculo m; (= hindrance) → estorbo m, impedimento m
one of the obstacles is moneyuno de los obstáculos or impedimentos es el dinero
to be an obstacle to sth/sbser un obstáculo para algo/algn
to put an obstacle in the way of sth/sbcrear dificultades or poner obstáculos a algo/algn
that is no obstacle to our doing iteso no impide que lo hagamos
obstacles to independencelos factores que dificultan la independencia
B. CPD obstacle course Npista f de obstáculos
obstacle race N (Sport) → carrera f de obstáculos

obstacle

[ˈɒbstəkəl] n
(physical)obstacle m
(= problem) → obstacle m
to overcome an obstacle → surmonter un obstacle
an obstacle to sth → un obstacle à qch
an obstacle to doing sth → un obstacle à qch
the main obstacle to ending the conflict → le principal obstacle à la fin du conflit
Colour should be no obstacle to getting a job → La couleur ne devrait pas être un obstacle à l'obtention d'un travail.
Overcrowding is an obstacle to improving conditions → La surpopulation est un obstacle à l'amélioration des conditions.obstacle course n
(physical)parcours m du combattant
(= series of problems) → parcours m du combattant
Every day is an obstacle course at present → Chaque jour est un parcours du combattant en ce moment.obstacle race ncourse f d'obstacles

obstacle

n (lit, fig)Hindernis nt; to be an obstacle to somebody/somethingjdm/einer Sache im Weg(e) stehen, jdn/etw (be)hindern; if they put any obstacle in the way of our planswenn man uns Steine in den Weg legt or unsere Pläne behindert; that’s no obstacle to our doing itdas wird uns nicht daran hindern; all the obstacles to progress/peace etcalles, was den Fortschritt/Frieden etc behindert

obstacle

[ˈɒbstəkl] nostacolo
to be an obstacle to sb/sth → essere di ostacolo a qn/qc
to put an obstacle in the way of sb → ostacolare qn
that is no obstacle to our doing it → questo non ci impedisce affatto di farlo

obstacle

(ˈobstəkl) noun
something which prevents progress. His inability to learn foreign languages was an obstacle to his career.
obstacle race
a race in which runners have to climb over, crawl through etc obstacles such as tyres, nets etc.

obstacle

عُقبَةٌ překážka forhindring Hindernis κώλυμα obstáculo este obstacle prepreka ostacolo 障害物 장애물 obstakel hindring przeszkoda obstáculo препятствие hinder อุปสรรค engel sự trở ngại 障碍

obstacle

n. obstáculo,
pop. traba.
References in classic literature ?
One night in January when there was a new moon George Willard, who was in Ed Handby's mind the only obstacle to his getting Belle Carpenter, went for a walk.
David, in some measure familiarized to the scene, led the way with a steadiness that no slight obstacle was likely to disconcert, into this very building.
Naught's an obstacle, naught's an angle to the iron way!
That if ever it is carried out, it will be in the face of every obstacle that wealth and mastership can oppose--in the face of ridicule and slander, of hatred and persecution, of the bludgeon and the jail?
It seems that in the neighborhood of the mountain Kotlugja, large bodies of water formed underneath, or within the glaciers (either on account of the interior heat of the earth, or from other causes), and at length acquired irresistible power, tore the glaciers from their mooring on the land, and swept them over every obstacle into the sea.
Sixteen milesnay, eighteenit must be full eighteen to Manchesterstreetwas a serious obstacle.
What formidable obstacle is she now to bring forward?
To attain this end, are you justified in overleaping an obstacle of custom--a mere conventional impediment which neither your conscience sanctifies nor your judgment approves?
I merely regret my own accidental appearance in the character of an Obstacle to the course of true-love -- which appears to run smooth in summer-houses, whatever Shakespeare may say to the contrary.
And when he lifted his eyes from it to the horizon and looked around, he saw in his small fancy similar figures, stopped by no obstacle, tending to centres all over France.
But it'll perhaps rain cats and dogs to-morrow, as it did yesterday, and then you can't go," said Godfrey, hardly knowing whether he wished for that obstacle or not.
Well, the long and short of it was that I agreed to undertake the adventure, provided that Nicolete could win over the lady whom at the beginning of the chapter I declared too charming to be described as an obstacle.