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v. oc·clud·ed, oc·clud·ing, oc·cludes
1. To cause to become closed; obstruct: occlude an artery.
2. To prevent the passage of: occlude light; occlude the flow of blood.
3. Chemistry To absorb or adsorb and retain (a substance).
4. To force (air) upward from the earth's surface, as when a cold front overtakes and undercuts a warm front.
5. To bring together (the upper and lower teeth) in proper alignment for chewing.
To close so that the cusps fit together. Used of the teeth of the upper and lower jaws.
[Latin occlūdere : ob-, intensive pref.; see ob- + claudere, to close.]
1. (tr) to block or stop up (a passage or opening); obstruct
2. (tr) to prevent the passage of
3. (Chemistry) (tr) chem (of a solid) to incorporate (a substance) by absorption or adsorption
4. (Physical Geography) meteorol to form or cause to form an occluded front
5. (Dentistry) dentistry to produce or cause to produce occlusion, as in chewing
[C16: from Latin occlūdere, from ob- (intensive) + claudere to close]
v. -clud•ed, -clud•ing. v.t.
1. to close, shut, or stop up (a passage, opening, etc.); block.
2. to shut in, out, or off.
3. (of certain metals and other solids) to incorporate (gases and other substances), as by absorption or adsorption.v.i.
4. to become occluded.
5. (of a tooth) to make contact with the surface of an opposing tooth when the jaws are closed.
6. to form an occluded front.
[1590–1600; < Latin occlūdere to close up]
Past participle: occluded
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barricade - prevent access to by barricading; "The street where the President lives is always barricaded"
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