Definitions for blockade
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a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
prevents access or progress
obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrassverb
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
"His brother blocked him at every turn"
barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, barverb
render unsuitable for passage
"block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
blockade, block offverb
obstruct access to
blockade, seal offverb
impose a blockade on
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.
The ships or other forces used to effect a naval blockade.
Preventing an opponent's pawn moving by placing a piece in front of it
To create a blockade against.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A siege carried on by shutting up the place.
Etymology: from block.
The enemy was necessitated wholly to abandon the blockade of Olivenza. Tatler, №. 51.
Round the goddess roll
Broad hats and hoods, and caps, a sable shoal;
Thick, and more thick, the black blockade extends. Alexander Pope.
To shut up.
Etymology: from the noun.
Huge bales of British cloth blockade the door,
A hundred oxen at your levee roar. Alexander Pope.
A blockade is the act of actively preventing a country or region from receiving or sending out food, supplies, weapons, or communications, and sometimes people, by military force. A blockade differs from an embargo or sanction, which are legal barriers to trade rather than physical barriers. 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 and the objective may not always be to conquer the area. While most blockades historically took place at sea, blockades are also used on land to prevent entrance of an area. For example, Armenia is a landlocked country that Turkey and Azerbaijan blockade. Thus, Armenia cannot conduct international trade through those countries, and mainly trades through Georgia. This restricts the country's economic development. 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.
A blockade is an act of sealing off a place, either by land, air, or sea, to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving, usually during a conflict or war. It is typically enforced by military forces as a strategy to isolate an enemy, disrupt trade or supplies, or compel them to meet certain conditions.
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
an obstruction to passage
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
hence, to shut in so as to prevent egress
to obstruct entrance to or egress from
A blockade is an effort to cut off food, 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, and is distinct from a siege in that a blockade is usually directed at an entire country or region, rather than a fortress or city. Most blockades historically took place at sea, with the blockading power seeking 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. In the 20th century air power has also been used to enhance the effectiveness of the blockade by halting all air traffic within the blockaded air space. Close patrol of the 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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The investment of a town or fortress by sea and land; shutting up all the avenues, so that it can receive no relief.--To blockade a port is to prevent any communication therewith by sea, and cut off supplies, in order to compel a surrender when the provisions and ammunition are exhausted.--To raise a blockade is to discontinue it.--Blockade is violated by egress as well as by ingress. Warning on the spot is sufficient notice of a blockade de facto. Declaration is useless without actual investment. If a ship break a blockade, though she escape the blockading force, she is, if taken in any part of her future voyage, captured in delicto, and subject to confiscation. The absence of the blockading force removes liability, and might (in such cases) overrules right.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In military art, is an operation for capturing an enemy’s town or fortress without a bombardment or regular siege. The attacking party throws up works on the neighboring heights and roads, and part of the besieging force remains under cover in villages, or in a temporary camp, ready to repel any sortie attempted by the besieged. The whole purpose in view is to prevent the besieged from receiving supplies of any kind, in order that, when food or ammunition is exhausted, they may be compelled to surrender. Fortresses situated on steep and rocky eminences, difficult to conquer by bombardment or assault, may often be reduced by blockade, because the roads or paths for the reception of supplies are few, and can be guarded by a small number of troops.
In international law, is the means in time of war of rendering intercourse with an enemy’s port unlawful on the part of neutrals; and it is carried into effect by an armed force (ships of war), which blocks up and bars export or import to or from the place blockaded. To be valid, a blockade must be accompanied by actual investment of the place, and it may be more or less rigorous, either for the purpose of watching the operations of the enemy, or to cut off all excess of neutral vessels to that interdicted place. To be binding on neutrals, it ought to be shown that they have knowledge, or may be presumed to know of the blockade, for which reason a formal notification of the fact is usually made by the blockading power. The breach of blockade, which may be effected by coming out of a blockaded port, or going in, subjects the property so employed to confiscation. On the proclamation of peace, or from any political or belligerent cause, the continuance of the investment may cease to be necessary, and the blockade is then said to be raised. The blockading force then retires, and the port is open as before to all other nations. In the present century recourse has been had to this means of cutting off supplies from the enemy on several occasions. The Elbe was blockaded by Great Britain, 1803; the Baltic, by Denmark, 1848-49 and 1864; the Gulf of Finland by the allies, 1854; and the ports of the Southern States by President Lincoln, April 19, 1861.
The numerical value of blockade in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of blockade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
The official announcement( of the blockade) refers to just a few days, which would make it hard to qualify it on practical terms to a blockade, blockades are hard to execute and long to implement. This exercise is not that.
There was no – there was never a blockade in Ottawa. The word 'blockade' is a charged word, at the border, in other places in Canada, there were things that could be legitimately characterized as a blockade. They were preventing supply chain and movement of people and goods. The protests in Ottawa, for the most part, every road that was jammed up with trucks left a lane of traffic to allow emergency vehicles and other people to navigate the city.
The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. ... The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. (Announcing blockade of Cuba)
I congratulate all of you on the completion of building this energy bridge which has tied Crimea to Russia, we managed to break through the energy blockade of Crimea within a brief period of time, and we will likewise do away with any other blockade against Russia, should someone wish to test us again.
This blockade cannot be the solution to the discussion that we are going to have. This blockade is illegal. It is not by blocking refineries that we are going to find adequate solutions.
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- блокирам, блокадаBulgarian
- saartaa, saartoFinnish
- blokád, ostromzárHungarian
- շրջափակում, շրջափակելArmenian
- ה� סגֵרHebrew
- 遮断, 封鎖Japanese
- кама, блокада, камооKyrgyz
- blokada, blokowaćPolish
- блокировать, блокадаRussian
- spärra, blockad, blockeraSwedish
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