from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to become closed; obstruct: occlude an artery.
- transitive v. To prevent the passage of: occlude light; occlude the flow of blood.
- transitive v. Chemistry To absorb or adsorb and retain (a substance).
- transitive v. Meteorology To force (air) upward from the earth's surface, as when a cold front overtakes and undercuts a warm front.
- transitive v. Dentistry To bring together (the upper and lower teeth) in proper alignment for chewing.
- intransitive v. Dentistry To close so that the cusps fit together. Used of the teeth of the upper and lower jaws.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To obstruct, cover, or otherwise block an opening.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To shut up; to close.
- transitive v. To take in and retain; to absorb; -- said especially with respect to gases.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. block passage through
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.