1. [syn: obstacle, obstruction]
2. an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented);
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Obstacle \Ob"sta*cle\, n. [F., fr. L. obstaculum, fr. obstare to
withstand, oppose; ob (see Ob-) + stare to stand. See
Stand. and cf. Oust, v.]
That which stands in the way, or opposes; anything that
hinders progress; a hindrance; an obstruction, physical or
If all obstacles were cut away.
And that my path were even to the crown. --Shak.
Syn: Impediment; obstuction; hindrance; difficulty. See
Impediment, and Obstruction.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
58 Moby Thesaurus words for "obstacle":
bar, barrier, blank wall, blind alley, blind gut, block, blockade,
blockage, bottleneck, catch, cecum, check, choking, choking off,
clog, congestion, constipation, cordon, costiveness, crimp,
cul-de-sac, curtain, dead end, determent, deterrent, difficulty,
disincentive, drawback, embolism, embolus, gorge, hamper, hang-up,
hazard, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impasse, impediment, infarct,
infarction, jam, joker, mountain, objection, obstipation,
obstruction, obstructive, one small difficulty, rub, sealing off,
snag, stop, stoppage, strangulation, stumbling, stumbling block,