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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ob·sta·cle /ˈɑbstɪkəl, ˌstɪ-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·sta·cle n.  That which stands in the way, or opposes; anything that hinders progress; a hindrance; an obstruction, physical or moral.
 If all obstacles were cut away.
 And that my path were even to the crown.   --Shak.
 Syn: -- Impediment; obstuction; hindrance; difficulty. See Impediment, and Obstruction.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: something immaterial that stands in the way and must be
           circumvented or surmounted; "lack of immagination is an
           obstacle to one's advancement"; "the poverty of a
           district is an obstacle to good education"; "the
           filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of
           their plan" [syn: obstruction]
      2: an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed
         or surmounted or circumvented)