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Meaning of occlude

oc•clude

Pronunciation: (u-kld'), [key]
— v., -clud•ed, -clud•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to close, shut, or stop up (a passage, opening, etc.).
  2. to shut in, out, or off.
  3. (of certain metals and other solids) to incorporate (gases and other foreign substances), as by absorption or adsorption.
—v.i.
  1. to shut or close, with the cusps of the opposing teeth of the upper and lower jaws fitting together.
  2. to form an occluded front.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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