occlude[ə klo̵̅o̅d′, ä-]
- Occlude is defined as to hide, block or close.
- An example of occlude is hiding a gift for someone behind your back.
- An example of occlude is shutting a window to keep a bee outside.
transitive verboccluded, occluding
- to close, shut, or block (a passage)
- to prevent the passage of; shut in or out
- to conceal, hide, or obscure
- Chem. to retain or absorb (a gas, liquid, or solid)
Origin of occludeClassical Latin occludere ; from ob- (see ob-) + claudere, to close
Dentistry to meet with the cusps fitting close together: said of the upper and lower teeth
verboc·clud·ed, oc·clud·ing, oc·cludes
- To cause to become closed; obstruct: occlude an artery.
- To prevent the passage of: occlude light; occlude the flow of blood.
- Chemistry To absorb or adsorb and retain (a substance).
- To force (air) upward from the earth's surface, as when a cold front overtakes and undercuts a warm front.
- To bring together (the upper and lower teeth) in proper alignment for chewing.
To close so that the cusps fit together. Used of the teeth of the upper and lower jaws.
Origin of occludeLatin occlūdere : ob-, intensive pref.; see ob– + claudere, to close.