- The definition of a blockade is a shutting off or a blocking.
An example of a blockade is not allowing ships to enter a harbor.
- a shutting off of a port or region of a belligerent state by the troops or ships of the enemy in order to prevent passage in or out in time of war
- any blocking action designed to isolate another nation and cut off communication and commerce with it
- the force that maintains a blockade
- any strategic barrier
Origin of blockadeblock + -ade
run the blockade☆
- The isolation of a nation, area, city, or harbor by hostile ships or forces in order to prevent the entrance and exit of traffic and commerce.
- The forces used to effect this isolation.
transitive verbblock·ad·ed, block·ad·ing, block·ades
Origin of blockadeProbably block + -ade (as in barricade).
- The physical blocking or surrounding of a place, especially a port, in order to prevent commerce and traffic in or out.
- By extension, any form of formal isolation of something, especially with the force of law or arms.
- (nautical) The ships or other forces used to effect a naval blockade.
- (chess) Preventing an opponent's pawn moving by placing a piece in front of it
(third-person singular simple present blockades, present participle blockading, simple past and past participle blockaded)
- To create a blockade against.
From block + -ade.