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[blo-keyd] /blɒˈkeɪd/
the isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor, or city, by hostile ships or troops to prevent entrance or exit.
any obstruction of passage or progress:
We had difficulty in getting through the blockade of bodyguards.
Pathology. interruption or inhibition of a normal physiological signal, as a nerve impulse or a heart muscle–contraction impulse.
verb (used with object), blockaded, blockading.
to subject to a blockade.
Origin of blockade
1670-80; block (in the sense “to create obstacles”) + -ade1
Related forms
blockader, noun
counterblockade, noun, verb, counterblockaded, counterblockading.
nonblockaded, adjective
preblockade, noun, verb (used with object), preblockaded, preblockading.
problockade, adjective
unblockaded, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See siege. Unabridged
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  • One of the rights of a belligerent nation which a neutral is bound to regard, is the right of blockade.

    The Government Class Book Andrew W. Young
  • They've got us cut off by a blockade, to keep us from sending out the harvest.

    The Destroyers Gordon Randall Garrett
  • They affected, however, to believe that there was no blockade, and that there was no need of one now that America was in the war.

    Five Months on a German Raider Frederic George Trayes
  • Hamp had no way of telling how far back the blockade extended.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • We were informed that there was a good deal of illicit or blockade Whiskey as the natives call it, made in these swamps.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
British Dictionary definitions for blockade


(military) the interdiction of a nation's sea lines of communications, esp of an individual port by the use of sea power
something that prevents access or progress
(med) the inhibition of the effect of a hormone or a drug, a transport system, or the action of a nerve by a drug
verb (transitive)
to impose a blockade on
to obstruct the way to
Derived Forms
blockader, noun
Word Origin
C17: from block + -ade, as in ambuscade
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Word Origin and History for blockade

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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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blockade in Medicine

blockade block·ade (blŏ-kād')

  1. Intravenous injection of large amounts of colloidal dyes in which the reaction of the reticuloendothelial cells to other influences is temporarily prevented.

  2. Arrest of nerve impulse transmission at autonomic synaptic junctions, autonomic receptor sites, or myoneural junctions through the action of a drug.

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