HyperDic: obstacle

English > 2 senses of the word obstacle:
NOUNcognitionobstacle, obstructionsomething immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
artifactobstaclean obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)
obstacle > pronunciation
Soundsaa'bstahkahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > obstacle: 2 senses > noun 1, cognition
MeaningSomething immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted.
Examples
  • "lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"
  • "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"
Synonymobstruction
Narrowerbarrier, roadblockAny condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective
hang-up, hitch, rub, snagAn unforeseen obstacle
hurdleAn obstacle that you are expected to overcome
stymie, stymyA thwarting and distressing situation
Broaderhindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicapSomething immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
Spanishbarrera, dificultad, impedimento, obstáculo, obstrucción, traba
Catalanobstacle, obstrucció, trava
English > obstacle: 2 senses > noun 2, artifact
MeaningAn obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented).
NarrowerhazardAn obstacle on a golf course
stumbling blockAny obstacle or impediment / impediment
water jumpA pool or stream in a steeplechase or similar contest
Broaderobstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimentaAny structure that makes progress difficult
Spanishobstáculo
Catalanobstacle

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