This road block is an obstacle.
- An example of an obstacle is not having the tuition money to go to college.
- An example of an obstacleis when a road block is set up in your way that prevents you from passing by.
The definition of an obstacle is something that gets in the way or that slows or stops progress.
anything that gets in the way or hinders; impediment; obstruction; hindrance
Origin of obstacleOld French ; from Classical Latin obstaculum, obstacle ; from obstare, to withstand ; from ob- (see ob-) + stare, to stand
Something that stands in the way of or holds up progress: The road crew removed the obstacle of the fallen tree limb. We had to overcome many obstacles to put on this show.
Origin of obstacleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin obst&amacron;culum, from obst&amacron;re, to hinder : ob-, against; see ob– + st&amacron;re, to stand; see st&amacron;- in Indo-European roots.
From Old French obstacle.