What does blockade mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blockade, encirclementnoun

    a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy

  2. blockadeverb

    prevents access or progress

  3. obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrassverb

    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

    "His brother blocked him at every turn"

  4. barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, barverb

    render unsuitable for passage

    "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"

  5. blockade, block offverb

    obstruct access to

  6. blockade, seal offverb

    impose a blockade on


  1. blockadenoun

    The physical blocking or surrounding of a place, especially a port, in order to prevent commerce and traffic in or out.

  2. blockadenoun

    By extension, any form of formal isolation of something, especially with the force of law or arms.

  3. blockadenoun

    The ships or other forces used to effect a naval blockade.

  4. blockadenoun

    Preventing an opponent's pawn moving by placing a piece in front of it

  5. blockadeverb

    To create a blockade against.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blockadeverb

    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

  2. Blockadeverb

    an obstruction to passage

  3. Blockade

    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

  4. Blockadenoun

    hence, to shut in so as to prevent egress

  5. Blockadenoun

    to obstruct entrance to or egress from


  1. Blockade

    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

  1. blockade

    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

  1. blockade

    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.

  2. blockade

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blockade in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blockade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of blockade in a Sentence

  1. Michael Harvey:

    We maintained production throughout the blockade. We are well organized to withstand these types of illegal blockades, there are always impacts, but our production forecasts have not changed.

  2. Igor Boska:

    Teams are ready to fix the consequences of the blasts in the course of four days, when this can happen depends on the results of talks, which the instigators of the blockade are carrying out with authorities.

  3. Chitra Bahadur KC:

    India wants to annex Nepal's Tarai region. The blockade is a tool that India is using to pressurize Nepal in making the changes in the constitution for India's longer-term political benefits.

  4. Ana Rabelo:

    Everyday they stage a blockade at some point of the highway. When we get there, they move to another point.

  5. Chuck Schumer:

    Once again, the Senate Republican minority has launched a partisan blockade of a pressing issue.

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