AskDefine | Define roadblock

Dictionary Definition



1 any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective; "intolerance is a barrier to understanding" [syn: barrier]
2 a barrier set up by police to stop traffic on a street or road in order to catch a fugitive or inspect traffic etc. [syn: barricade]

User Contributed Dictionary



From road + block.


  1. Something that blocks or obstructs a road.
  2. An obstacle or impediment.


Something that blocks or obstructs a road
An obstacle or impediment


  1. To prevent, hinder.


to prevent, hinder

Extensive Definition

A roadblock is a temporary installation set up to control or block traffic along a road. The reasons for one could be:
In peaceful circumstances, they are usually instantiated by the police, or road transport authorities; they are also commonly employed during wars and are usually staffed by heavily armed soldiers in that case. During protests and riots, both police and demonstrators sometimes use roadblocks.

See also

roadblock in German: Absperrung (Straßenverkehr)
roadblock in Malay (macrolanguage): Sekatan jalan raya

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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