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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The economic blockade is accompanied by terror tactics.
▪ Or will the 40-year economic blockade be maintained simply to satisfy the second-generation Miami mafia?
▪ After demanding the weapons be removed, President John F.. Kennedy ordered a naval blockade of the island.
▪ Moreover it began to free captured troops on July 5 and to lift blockades.
▪ Getting food supplies through the blockade is almost impossible.
▪ Beta blockade should also be considered in the high-risk patients.
▪ But if the blockade continues it's going to start costing big money.
▪ In Los Angeles our supporters outnumbered Operation Rescue demonstrators three to one and kept a planned clinic blockade from even getting started.
▪ Lincoln, in turn, ordered a blockade of Southern ports.
▪ On Aug. 23 the appeal court upheld Kelly's original injunction against the blockades.
▪ Some left after only a fortnight and, as time went by, it became increasingly hard to maintain the blockade.
▪ Tbilisi's airport was reopened, putting an end to the transportation blockade of the city.
▪ The generals and admirals said they had always been against the blockade as being too weak and now they wanted immediate action.
▪ A US fleet blockaded the port of Veracruz.
▪ In June 1948 the Russians blockaded the western sectors of Berlin.
▪ Ships blockaded the port.
▪ By this time the Soviets had forced a crisis by blockading Berlin, and fears of war mounted.
▪ In the southern state of Tabasco, farmers blockaded 60 oil wells in February to demand compensation from Pemex.
▪ Shipping lines have been avoiding the southern ports in fear of having their vessels blockaded.
▪ Then, ports and Belfast International Airport were blockaded for days.
▪ They came up with a plot to blockade fuel supplies at depots starting at the weekend.
▪ They might also attempt to blockade roads to Dalmatian coast resorts.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blockade \Block*ade"\, n. [Cf. It. bloccata. See Block, v. t. ]

  1. The shutting up of a place by troops or ships, with the purpose of preventing ingress or egress, or the reception of supplies; as, the blockade of the ports of an enemy.

    Note: Blockade is now usually applied to an investment with ships or vessels, while siege is used of an investment by land forces. To constitute a blockade, the investing power must be able to apply its force to every point of practicable access, so as to render it dangerous to attempt to enter; and there is no blockade of that port where its force can not be brought to bear.

  2. An obstruction to passage.

  3. (physiology) interference with transmission of a physiological signal, or a physiological reaction.

    To raise a blockade. See under Raise.


Blockade \Block*ade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blockaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Blockading.]

  1. To shut up, as a town or fortress, by investing it with troops or vessels or war for the purpose of preventing ingress or egress, or the introduction of supplies. See note under Blockade, n. ``Blockaded the place by sea.''

  2. Hence, to shut in so as to prevent egress.

    Till storm and driving ice blockade him there.

  3. To obstruct entrance to or egress from.

    Huge bales of British cloth blockade the door.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-17c., from block (v.) + -ade, false French ending (the French word is blocus, 18c. in this sense, which seems to be in part a back-formation from the verb bloquer and in part influenced by Middle Dutch blokhuus "blockhouse").


late 17c., from blockade (n.). Related: Blockaded; blockading.


n. 1 The physical blocking or surrounding of a place, especially a port, in order to prevent commerce and traffic in or out. 2 By extension, any form of formal isolation of something, especially with the force of law or arms. 3 (context nautical English) The ships or other forces used to effect a naval blockade. 4 (context chess English) Preventing an opponent's pawn moving by placing a piece in front of it vb. (context transitive English) To create a blockade against.

  1. n. a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy [syn: encirclement]

  2. prevents access or progress

  1. v. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn" [syn: obstruct, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass]

  2. render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: barricade, block, stop, block off, block up, bar]

  3. obstruct access to [syn: block off]

  4. impose a blockade on [syn: seal off]

Blockade (solitaire)

Blockade is a solitaire card game which uses two decks of 52 playing cards each. Akin to solitaire games like Klondike and Gargantua, the object of the game is play the cards into the eight foundations.

Blockade (novel)

Blockade is a 1998 novel written by Derek Hansen about logging in Australia.

Blockade (video game)

Blockade is a black and white arcade maze game developed by Gremlin and published by Sega in October 1976. Using four directional buttons, each player moves their character around leaving a solid line behind them, turning at 90 degree angles. To win, a player must last longer than the opponent before hitting something, with the first person to hit something losing. The game ends after one player gains six wins.

Blockade is the first of what have become known as snake games.


A blockade is an effort to cut off supplies, war material or communications from a particular area by force, either in part or totally. A blockade should not be confused with an embargo or sanctions, which are legal barriers to trade. It is also distinct from a siege in that a blockade is usually directed at an entire country or region, rather than a fortress or city. While most blockades historically took place at sea, blockade is still used on land to prevent someone coming into a certain area.

A blockading power can seek to cut off all maritime transport from and to the blockaded country; although stopping all land transport to and from an area may also be considered a blockade. Blockades restrict the trading rights of neutrals, who must submit for inspection for contraband, which the blockading power may define narrowly or broadly, sometimes including food and medicine. In the 20th century air power has also been used to enhance the effectiveness of the blockade by halting air traffic within the blockaded airspace.

Close patrol of hostile ports, in order to prevent naval forces from putting to sea, is also referred to as a blockade. When coastal cities or fortresses were besieged from the landward side, the besiegers would often blockade the seaward side as well. Most recently, blockades have sometimes included cutting off electronic communications by jamming radio signals and severing undersea cables.

Blockade (board game)

Blockade is a "the Beat the Barrier" board game for two players, invented by Mirko Marchesi and published by Lakeside Industries in 1975. The newer strategy game Quoridor shares many of the same characteristics as Blockade.

Blockade (disambiguation)

Blockade is the prevention of troops and supplies from reaching an opposing army.

Blockade may also refer to:

  • Blockade (board game), a strategy game by Lakeside
  • Blockade (novel), written by Derek Hansen
  • Blockade (solitaire), a type of solitaire card game
  • Blockade (video game), video game
  • Blockade (1928 film), a film by George B. Seitz
  • Blockade (1938 film), a film by William Dieterle starring Henry Fonda
  • Blockade (2006 film), a documentary film by Sergei Loznitsa
  • Blockade (Stargate Universe), an episode of the television series Stargate Universe
Blockade (1938 film)

Blockade is a 1938 American drama film directed by William Dieterle and starring Madeleine Carroll, Henry Fonda and Leo Carrillo. During the Spanish Civil War a farmer takes up arms to fight for the Republican side.

Blockade (Stargate Universe)

"Blockade" is the nineteenth and penultimate episode of the second season of the military science fiction television series Stargate Universe. The episode originally aired on May 2, 2011 on Syfy in the United States. The episode was directed by longtime director and producer of the Stargate franchise Andy Mikita. It was written by Linda McGibney.

In this episode, the drones set up blockades at various stars at which the Destiny wishes to recharge. Unable to engage in another battle with the drones, Eli ( David Blue) comes up with the idea to recharge in a blue supergiant. However, because of the intense heat that a blue supergiant puts out, it is extremely dangerous and requires both Eli and Dr. Rush ( Robert Carlyle) to stay behind to pilot the ship. The rest of the crew are forced to gate to a planet where their descendants once lived and scavenge for supplies as they await the fate of the Destiny.

Blockade (1928 film)

Blockade is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by George B. Seitz.

Blockade (2006 film)

Blockade is a 2006 documentary film by Sergei Loznitsa. The film was shot with no dialogue and consists of black and white footage shot during the Siege of Leningrad. It has a run time of 52 minutes.

'The documentary moves from initial depiction of military measures, and the marching of German prisoners of war through the hostile city streets, to the upheaval facing the city - the bombed out buildings and ice slicked streets -the increasingly horrific reality of wartime Leningrad - cloth wrapped bodies being dragged to mass graves upon sleds -'.

Usage examples of "blockade".

President, as far as international and maritime law are concerned, a blockade is exactly that.

We are back to a blockade now, which would eliminate a Russian resupply.

We would have a very tough time effecting a blockade two weeks from now, with the Russians already supplying Japan--it would mean a confrontation at sea with the Russians.

Once the blockade is in place, I fully expect the Maritime Self Defense Force to come out fighting.

This blockade is a curtain around Japan that will give her leaders something to think about, a curtain of enlightenment.

MacK Donner, the Reagan task force commander and overall commander of the Japanese theater blockade operation.

Japan Oparea and the Scenario Orange Warplan, Annex A, the plan for a naval blockade of the islands.

In the absence of orders, should the blockade be confirmed to stop the Russian traffic, you as senior commander will have the authority to order the other submarines to attack the surface forces.

Looking at them, Pacino for the first time felt that the blockade might work out.

The message read that the approaching battle groups might attempt to set up a blockade, but no matter what happened, no submarine was to attack or molest any incoming American unit--even if there were American submarines approaching in close.

Pacino tried to stay focused, but the way this blockade was happening was foreign to him.

Keebes looked up into the overhead at the television repeater, wondered if the approach of nightfall would make the blockade that much more difficult.

Still, it was hard to believe the tanker would really try to run the blockade, though the threat of submarine attack might or might not work.

Of course, stateside, its sinking was probably seen as a sign that the US meant business, but to Pacino the blockade had failed if the first ship tried to break through.

Other ships of task force split off to enforce blockade further around perimeter of Home Islands, the line the Americans have called exclusion zone boundary.