[ UK /ˈɒbstəkə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈɑbstəkəɫ/ ]
  1. an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)
  2. something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
    lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement
    the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan
    the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education
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How To Use obstacle In A Sentence

  • His first thought was that of every young man, who blithely thinks to pit the bravado he miscalls courage against every obstacle.
  • Many had difficulty negotiating the cross-drive obstacle, where often it was not until they were almost upon it that is was clear whether the sheep were going through or around the outside.
  • Stark gave Izzard the warmest of welcomes and seems to have put no obstacle in the way of a biography.
  • Despite serious technical obstacles, space agency officials are considering whether to launch a Jupiter space probe powered entirely by sunlight.
  • The job of ministers is to abolish and remove these obstacles to good teaching. Times, Sunday Times
  • The wheel is designed with obstacles in the ball's path to randomise its movement.
  • This means that the model can predict the surmountable obstacle height of an off-road vehicle and its-key influencing parameters can be obtained.
  • Obstacle distance measurement is one of the key techniques for the deicing robot on high voltage transmission line.
  • You are chomping at the bit to tackle new opportunities as you know you've got what it takes to tackle all obstacles and crush your opposition. The Sun
  • It was only requisite for my understanding clearly to discern, to be convinced of the insuperability of this obstacle. Arthur Mervyn Or, Memoirs of the Year 1793
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