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 (əb-strŭkt′, ŏb-)
tr.v. ob·struct·ed, ob·struct·ing, ob·structs
1. To block or fill (a passage or opening) with obstacles or an obstacle.
2. To impede, retard, or interfere with; hinder: obstructed my progress. See Synonyms at hinder1.
3. To be or get in the way of (a view or something to be seen). See Synonyms at block.

[Latin obstruere, obstrūct- : ob-, against; see ob- + struere, to pile up; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

ob·struct′er, ob·struc′tor n.
ob·struc′tive adj.
ob·struc′tive·ly adv.
ob·struc′tive·ness n.


In naval mine warfare, a device laid with the sole object of obstructing or damaging mechanical minesweeping equipment.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obstructor - someone who systematically obstructs some action that others want to take
controversialist, disputant, eristic - a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
naysayer - someone with an aggressively negative attitude
stonewaller - one who stonewalls or refuses to answer or cooperate; someone who delays by lengthy speeches etc.
2.obstructor - any structure that makes progress difficultobstructor - any structure that makes progress difficult
bar - an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal; "it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"
barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement
blockade - prevents access or progress
blockage, stoppage, occlusion, closure, block, stop - an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
hinderance, hindrance, preventative, preventive, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference, hitch - any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
obstacle - an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
tumbler - a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
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But the lower chamber next year will have a new leader since House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio - often cast as the chief obstructor of Abbott and Republican Lt.
Sus palabras, al finalizar el combate, no solo explican su estrategia para haber logrado tan importante triunfo en pleno territorio norteamericano, sino que tambien condensan la propuesta que Galindo hace a los mexicanos para superar ese "complejo de inferioridad" obstructor en el camino rumbo a la modernidad:
I dithered over that last descriptor because I could have more charitably called a tormentor an obstructor, but consider this: The origin of the former word is from the Old French tormentum, an engine for hurling stones, which seems apt [1], and one of several synonyms is backscratcher--the irony of which makes me laugh.
It stipulated that legal action may be taken against any obstructor," said Al-Baghdadi.
En este sentido, la publicacion de la Antologia invita a pensar una vez mas no solo en el alcance modernizador sino tambien en el caracter obstructor de un pensamiento critico que suscribe la idea de totalidad y no renuncia a las dualidades.
Se llegaron a observar pequenos insectos voladores de tamano milimetrico, particularmente en las muestras con forma de troncos, no asi en las muestras con forma de perlas o laminas, posiblemente por funcionar a modo de tapon obstructor de la herida, y no como un derrame de sabia corriendo por la corteza del arbol, atrapando insectos o siento una trampa para ellos (Fig.
fountains, sacred activities) and probably where the obstructor had political influence.
Ciertamente, al lector no podra pasarle inadvertida la especial relevancia que Paez le da al caso de Bolivar, consciente de la forma en que se ha ido construyendo a su alrededor una tradicion que lo califica como enemigo, adversario o, simplemente, obstructor de los planes del Libertador.
Es necesario observar el poder obstructor del Congreso e identificar el poder politico de este sobre la formulacion de leyes y su eficacia.
De ser esto cierto, y al parecer lo es, se abriria un escandalo muy grave a cargo ya sea de Ratzinger, como obstructor de la justicia, o peor aun, en caso de que no ignorara la verdadera naturaleza de Maciel del mismo papa Wojtyla a quien hoy la Iglesia se apresura a elevar a los altares.