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ob-strŭo (opstr- ), xi, ctum, 3,
I.v. a., to build before or against; to build, block, or wall up; to stop up, barricade, render impassable (class.; cf. obsaepio, claudo, oppilo).
I. Lit.: “validum pro diruto obstruentes murum,Liv. 38, 29: “frontem castrorum auxiliis,id. 5, 1.—Esp., to build before so as to obstruct the light: “obstructae fenestrae,Varr. R. R. 1, 4: “FENESTRAS OPSTRVITO, Lex. Puteol. ap. Grut. 207, 2: luminibus alicujus,Cic. Dom. 44: jus luminum obstruendorum redimere, to purchase permission of a neighbor to build so as to obstruct his light, Inscr. Guarin. Comment. in Vet. Monument. 1, p. 64: “portas,Caes. B. C. 1, 27: valvas aedis. Nep. Paus. 5: “aditus,Cic. Brut. 4, 16: “flumina,Caes. B. C. 3, 48: “aquarum venas,Plin. 31, 3, 28, § 49: “saxa,placed in the way, Ov. M. 3, 570: “cujus aures morbus obstruxit,has stopped up, made deaf, Sen. Ben. 3, 17, 2: “os obstruere,to close the mouth, to make silent, Vulg. Psa. 62, 12; id. Rom. 3, 19.—
II. Trop., to stop up, hinder, impede, obstruct: “Catonis luminibus obstruxit haec posteriorum quasi exaggerata altius oratio,was a hinderance to, Cic. Brut. 17, 66: “viri deus obstruit aures,stops, renders deaf, inexorable, Verg. A. 4, 440: “perfugia improborum,shuts off, Cic. Sull. 28, 79: “cognitionem difficultatibus,to impede, obstruct, id. Ac. 2, 3, 7: “mentes,Tac. H. 3, 21.—
b. Intr., to be in the way: “si officiens signis mons obstruet altus,Cic. Arat. 44.
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