from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Obstructing or closing natural openings or passages of the body.
- n. An obstruent medicine or agent.
- n. Linguistics A sound, such as a stop, fricative, or affricate, that is produced with complete blockage or at least partial constriction of the airflow through the nose or mouth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a consonant sound formed by obstructing the airway, causing turbulence; the generic term of plosive, fricative and affricate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Causing obstruction; blocking up; hindering.
- n. Anything that obstructs or closes a passage; esp., that which obstructs natural passages in the body.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Obstructive; impeding.
- n. Anything that obstructs; especially, anything that blocks up the natural passages of the body.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a consonant that is produced with a partial or complete blockage of the airflow from the lungs through the nose or mouth
Latin obstruēns, obstruent-, present participle of obstruere, to obstruct; see obstruct.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)