obstacle obstacle  /ˈɑb stə kəl/


  1. (n) something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
  2. (n) an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)


  1. If human activity causes global warming, then human inactivity in the political and diplomatic realm may prove be as great an obstacle to solutions.
  2. Oprah Winfrey's own story is an inspiration because she overcame almost every obstacle that a person might face.
  3. The one obstacle the dam builders never anticipated was the feisty Jean.


  1. Obstacle Arises for Fort Drum To Become Missile Defense Center

    There's a new obstacle to Fort Drum becoming a missile defense center. A high ranking military official says adding yet another site could come at too high a cost.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: WWNY - WNYF Watertown

  2. What is Tough Mudder? Let's just say it's the mother of all obstacle courses

    "It's an obstacle course, but it's the biggest, baddest obstacle course ever."
    on June 14, 2013     Source: KATU Portland

  3. Setting a course to help kids

    An obstacle course is being built by Boys and Girls Clubs of Cascade County volunteers for their first Redneck Run fundraiser, which will be held Aug. 17.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Great Falls Tribune

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  1. "There is no excuse for the delay. We absolutely need to quicken the pace at which power is restored," said Gov. Bobby Jindal. "I cannot emphasize it enough, it is the No. 1 obstacle."
    on Sep 3, 2008 By: Bobby Jindal Source: WDSU

  2. "I decided a quick decision was necessary, and that a further delay would cause political confusion," Abe told a nationally televised news conference. "I find myself unable to keep my promises - I myself have become an obstacle to fulfilling...
    on Sep 12, 2007 By: Shinzo Abe Source: Christian Science Monitor

  3. "I think that the principal obstacle has been resolving a lot of the legal issues associated with closing Guantanamo and what you do with the prisoners when they come back (to the United States)," Gates said.
    on Jan 13, 2008 By: Robert Gates Source: Orlando Sentinel

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