from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The process of occluding.
- n. Something that occludes.
- n. Medicine An obstruction or a closure of a passageway or vessel.
- n. Dentistry The alignment of the teeth of the upper and lower jaws when brought together.
- n. Meteorology The process of occluding air masses.
- n. Meteorology An occluded front.
- n. Linguistics Closure at some point in the vocal tract that blocks the flow of air in the production of an oral or nasal stop.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process of occluding, or something that occludes.
- n. Anything that obstructs or closes a vessel or canal.
- n. The alignment of the teeth when upper and lower jaws are brought together.
- n. An occluded front.
- n. A closure within the vocal tract that produces an oral stop or nasal stop.
- n. The absorption of a gas or liquid by a substance such as a metal.
- n. The blocking of the view of part of an image by another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of occluding, or the state of being occluded.
- n. The transient approximation of the edges of a natural opening; imperforation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shutting up; a closing; specifically, in pathology, the total or partial closure of a vessel, cavity, or hollow organ; imperforation.
- n. In physics and chem., the act of occluding, or absorbing and concealing; the state of being occluded. See occlude.
- n. In dentistry, the fitting into each other of the cusps of the opposing teeth in the upper and lower jaws.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. closure or blockage (as of a blood vessel)
- n. (dentistry) the normal spatial relation of the teeth when the jaws are closed
- n. the act of blocking
- n. an obstruction in a pipe or tube
- n. (meteorology) a composite front when colder air surrounds a mass of warm air and forces it aloft
From Latin occlūsus, past participle of occlūdere, to occlude; see occlude.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)