Ob*struct"(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obstructed; p. pr. & vb. n. Obstructing.] [L. obstructus, p. p. of obstruere to build up before or against, to obstruct; ob (see Ob-) + struere to pile up. See Structure.]
1. To block up; to stop up or close, as a way or passage; to place an obstacle in, or fill with obstacles or impediments that prevent or hinder passing; as, to
obstruct a street; to
obstruct the channels of the body.
'T is the obstructed paths of sound shall clear.Pope.
2. To be, or come, in the way of; to hinder from passing; to stop; to impede; to retard; as, the bar in the harbor
obstructs the passage of ships; clouds
obstruct the light of the sun; unwise rules
obstruct legislation. "Th' impatience of obstructed love."
Syn. -- To bar; barricade; stop; arrest; check; interrupt; clog; choke; impede; retard; embarrass; oppose.
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