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tr.v. ob·tu·rat·ed, ob·tu·rat·ing, ob·tu·rates
To close or obstruct.
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(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (tr) to stop up (an opening, esp the breech of a gun)
[C17: from Latin obtūrāre to block up, of obscure origin]
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ob•tu•rate(ˈɒb təˌreɪt, -tyə-)
v.t. -rat•ed, -rat•ing.
to stop up; close.
[1550–60; < Latin obtūrātus, past participle of obtūrāre to block, stop up]
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Past participle: obturated
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|Verb||1.||obturate - block passage through; "obstruct the path"|
barricade - prevent access to by barricading; "The street where the President lives is always barricaded"
asphyxiate, suffocate, stifle, choke - impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
tie up - restrain from moving or operating normally; "Traffic is tied up for miles around the bridge where the accident occurred"
barricade, block, block up, blockade, block off, bar, stop - render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
clog, clog up, congest, choke off, foul, back up, choke - become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up"
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