From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obstruct \Ob*struct"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obstructed; p. pr.
   & vb. n. Obstructing.] [L. obstructus, p. p. of obstruere
   to build up before or against, to obstruct; ob (see Ob-) +
   struere to pile up. See Structure.]
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   1. To block up; to stop up or close, as a way or passage; to
      place an obstacle in, or fill with obstacles or
      impediments that prevent or hinder passing; as, to
      obstruct a street; to obstruct the channels of the body.
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            'T is the obstructed paths of sound shall clear.
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   2. To be, or come, in the way of; to hinder from passing; to
      stop; to impede; to retard; as, the bar in the harbor
      obstructs the passage of ships; clouds obstruct the light
      of the sun; unwise rules obstruct legislation. "Th'
      impatience of obstructed love." --Johnson.
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   Syn: To bar; barricade; stop; arrest; check; interrupt; clog;
        choke; impede; retard; embarrass; oppose.
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