Is there a single word or metonym for someone or something that "blocks a view"?

I'm looking for a word that, unlike "obstacle" or "obstruction", conveys the "view" part.

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    Could you provide more context? In general, there are many words that could fit you need, e.g. a blind, a cover, a shield, etc. Feb 21 '14 at 15:08
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    Obstruction conveys view to me. Feb 21 '14 at 15:23
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    Agree with @RyeBread. There's a reason why some concert venues sell "obstructed view" tickets.
    – Roger
    Feb 21 '14 at 16:29
  • mother-in-law . Feb 21 '14 at 16:30
  • @RyeBread Has it right! Obstruction says it all.
    – David M
    Feb 22 '14 at 2:09

How about a 'blind?' i.e. 'something that obstructs vision'

  • The usages at your source seem to suggest that this word is used to convey intentional obstruction of a view, rather than, say, a tree that is in the way. Not that I have a better idea. Feb 21 '14 at 15:32
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    As a verb you could say "the tree blinds my view." But yes, "blind" as a noun has very intentional connotations (I think from hunting).
    – philshem
    Feb 21 '14 at 16:23
  • In fact, the word you're looking for is "blinder." More often used for those flaps limiting a horse's field of view, it's applicable to humans as well. Feb 21 '14 at 16:31

"block" or "blocker" fits to the definition.

block n Something that obstructs; an obstacle.

blocker n a person or thing that acts as a block

Synonyms: block, hide, obscure, obstruct, screen, shroud

These verbs mean to cut off from sight:

a tree that blocked the view; a road hidden by brush; mist that obscured the mountain peak; skyscrapers obstructing the sky; a fence that screens the alley; a face shrouded by a heavy veil.


You could use occulter. The Collins dictionary gives the meaning as:

a thing that occults, screens or blocks out


I think that if you want to really add visual obstruction works but you could also go with blind spot.

Usage: "The car merging caught me off guard because my car has a huge blind spot."

an area where a person's view is obstructed.

"the angle rearview mirror eliminates blind spots on both sides of the car"

  • The blind spot is the thing that occurs because of the view-blocker, is it not?
    – ksoo
    Feb 22 '14 at 4:54
  • @AsianSquirrel - It is usually used as the field of vision that cannot be seen. Now I guess some might say the "blocker" is the blind spot but that is not common usage. Feb 22 '14 at 5:02

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