Blockade meaning

blŏ-kād'
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.

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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.
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The forces used to effect this isolation.
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To set up a blockade against.

Blockaded the harbor.

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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.
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Any blocking action designed to isolate another nation and cut off communication and commerce with it.
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The force that maintains a blockade.
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Any strategic barrier.
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To subject to a blockade.
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The physical blocking or surrounding of a place, especially a port, in order to prevent commerce and traffic in or out.
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By extension, any form of formal isolation of something, especially with the force of law or arms.
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(nautical) The ships or other forces used to effect a naval blockade.
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(chess) Preventing an opponent's pawn moving by placing a piece in front of it.
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To create a blockade against.
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run the blockade
  • To go past or through a blockade.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

run the blockade

Origin of blockade

  • Probably block -ade (as in barricade)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From block +‎ -ade.
    From Wiktionary