American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to become closed; obstruct: occlude an artery.
- v. To prevent the passage of: occlude light; occlude the flow of blood.
- v. Chemistry To absorb or adsorb and retain (a substance).
- v. Meteorology To force (air) upward from the earth's surface, as when a cold front overtakes and undercuts a warm front.
- v. Dentistry To bring together (the upper and lower teeth) in proper alignment for chewing.
- v. Dentistry To close so that the cusps fit together. Used of the teeth of the upper and lower jaws.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shut up; close.
- In physics and chem., to absorb: specifically applied to the absorption of a gas by a metal, such as iron, platinum, or palladium. particularly at a high temperature. Thus, palladium heated to redness and cooled in a current of hydrogen absorbs or occludes over 900 times its volume of the gas. By this means the physical properties of the metal are changed, and the occluded hydrogen is regarded as existing in a solid form as a quasi-metal, called
hydrogenium, the specific heat, specific gravity, and electrical conductivity of which have been approximately determined. Probably a part of the gas forms also a definite chemical compound with the metal. Occluded gases also occur in meteorites. Thus, the Arva meteoric iron yielded (Wright) 47 volumes of the mixed gases carbon dioxid, carbon monoxid, hydrogen, and nitrogen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To shut up; to close.
- v. (Chem.) To take in and retain; to absorb; -- said especially with respect to gases.
- v. block passage through
- Latin occlūdere : ob-, intensive pref.; see ob- + claudere, to close. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have a 2 year old and their throats are itty bitty and so when it swells it doesn't take much to occlude it.”
“Evans had a second store on Michigan Avenue and on the day of the Fur Free Friday parade, it would hire a billboard truck to park in front of it and occlude its sign.”
“Plaques that completely occlude a coronary artery can lead to a heart attack.”
“In a farm pond with proper fertility planktontic populations will occlude visibility at a depth of 18 inches.”
“Once on the island, mysteries unfold and occlude other mysteries.”
“Ferguson is not a genius," Barclay states unequivocally as he nears the conclusion of a book in which thoroughness of research, richness of detail – particularly concerning the early years in Scotland – and proper celebration of achievement are never allowed to occlude the author's unsentimental view of his compatriot.”
“Nor should anger over the excecution – however righteous or justified – occlude Britain's real interests in cordial Sino-Anglo relations.”
“He did not allow his formal schooling, however limited, to occlude or intercept his viable education.”
“Of course, the whole point of manufacturing a pseudo-event is to occlude important matters and block them out of the media coverage they deserve -- like, say, the pointless obstruction of the START treaty!”
“But the poem also documents the degree to which such a notion of the literary is itself problematically tied to a secularism that seems to occlude the violence that is its condition of possibility.”
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