(Ob*sig"nate) v. t. [L. obsignated, p. p. of obsignare to seal. See Ob-, and Sign.] To
seal; to ratify. [Obs.] Barrow.
(Ob`sig*na"tion) n. [L. obsignatio.] The act of sealing or ratifying; the state of being sealed
or confirmed; confirmation, as by the Holy Spirit.
The spirit of manifestation will but upbraid you in the shame and horror of a sad eternity, if you have not
the spirit of obsignation.Jer. Taylor.
(Ob*sig"na*to*ry) a. Ratifying; confirming by sealing. [Obs.] Samuel Ward (1643)
(Ob`so*lesce") v. i. [L. obsolescere. See Obsolescent.] To become obsolescent. [R.]
(Ob`so*les"cence) n. [See Obsolescent.] The state of becoming obsolete.
(Ob`so*les"cent) a. [L. obsolescens, -entis, p. pr. of obsolescere, to wear out gradually,
to fall into disuse; ob (see Ob-) + solere to use, be wont.] Going out of use; becoming obsolete; passing
(Ob"so*lete) a. [L. obsoletus, p. p. of obsolescere. See Obsolescent.]
1. No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused; neglected; as, an obsolete word; an obsolete statute;
applied chiefly to words, writings, or observances.
2. (Biol.) Not very distinct; obscure; rudimental; imperfectly developed; abortive.
Syn. Ancient; antiquated; old-fashioned; antique; old; disused; neglected. See Ancient.
(Ob"so*lete), v. i. To become obsolete; to go out of use. [R.] Fitzed. Hall.
(Ob"so*lete*ly), adv. In an obsolete manner.
1. The state of being obsolete, or no longer used; a state of desuetude.
2. (Biol.) Indistinctness; want of development.
(Ob"so*let*ism) n. A disused word or phrase; an archaism. Fitzed. Hall.
(Ob"sta*cle) n. [F., fr. L. obstaculum, fr. obstare to withstand, oppose; ob (see Ob-) + stare
to stand. See Stand. and cf. Oust, v.] 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.Shak.
And that my path were even to the crown.
Syn. Impediment; obstuction; hindrance; difficulty. See Impediment, and Obstruction.
(Ob"stan*cy) n. [L. obstantia, fr. obstans, p. pr. of obstare. See Obstacle.] Opposition; impediment; obstruction.
[Obs.] B. Jonson.
(Ob*stet"ric Ob*stet"ric*al) a. [L. obstetricius, fr. obstetrix, -icis, a midwife, fr. obstare to
stand before: cf.F. obstétrique. See Obstacle.] Of or pertaining to midwifery, or the delivery of women in
childbed; as, the obstetric art.