What is obstacle?

  • (noun): Something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted.
    Example: "Lack of immagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"; "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"
    Synonyms: obstruction
    See also — Additional definitions below


An obstacle (also called a barrier or a stumbling block) is an object, thing, action or situation that causes an obstruction. There are, therefore, different types of obstacles, which can be physical, economic, biopsychosocial, cultural, political, technological or even military.

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Pacing (forestry) - Applications
... A common practice in pacing when an obstacle is encountered is to offset or pace around the obstacle ... However, sometimes pacing around an obstacle is not always an option ...
Obstacle - Image Gallery
... Two stones laid out to form an obstacle Roadblocks A metal bar and a metal fence constituting obstacles]] ...
Minimum Safe Altitude - Australian Definition
... LSALT is 1360 feet above the highest obstacle which is less than 360 feet above the terrain ... LSALT is 1000 feet above the highest obstacle which is greater than 360 feet above the terrain ... For example, if there is an obstacle at 200 feet above terrain of 2500 feet, LSALT is 2700 feet (obstacle height) + 1360 feet (clearance height), or an LSALT of 4060 feet if ...
Obstacle 1
... "Obstacle 1" is a song by Interpol, from their first album Turn On the Bright Lights ... The music video for "Obstacle 1" was directed by Floria Sigismondi ... "Obstacle 1" is featured as a playable track on Guitar Hero World Tour ...
Minimum Obstacle Clearance Altitude
... Minimum Obstacle Clearance Altitude, or MOCA, is the lowest published altitude in effect between fixes on VOR airways or route segments that meets ... the NACO en route chart, may have been computed by adding the required obstacle clearance (ROC) to the controlling obstacle in the primary area or computed by using a ... The MOCA is based upon obstacle clearance over the terrain or over manmade objects, adequacy of navigation facility performance, and communications requirements ...

More definitions of "obstacle":

  • (noun): An obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented).

Famous quotes containing the word obstacle:

    But this we know, the obstacle that checked
    And tripped the body, shot the spirit on
    Further than target ever showed or shone.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    Conceit is an insuperable obstacle to all progress.
    Ellen Terry (1847–1928)

    The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)