- 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.
- to subject to a blockade.
Origin of blockade
Examples from the Web for blockade
A blockade would have rapidly cut off Pakistan from oil supplies.ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War
October 20, 2014
Few, if any, are from Gaza, partly because of the blockade and partly because Hamas has pushed gays even deeper into the closet.Gay Palestinians In Israel: The 'Invisible Men'
August 13, 2014
At 23 years old he has lived under the blockade for almost a third of his life and he is fed up.The Gaza Paradox: Hamas Has Little Support, but the War Has a Lot
August 7, 2014
But Karim has been without work since Hamas seized power in Gaza in 2007 and Israel imposed its seven-year blockade.Under American Bombs in Gaza
August 4, 2014
Those are both more than double the numbers from before the blockade.From Texas to Gaza, Reaping What We Sow
August 1, 2014
Besides which he established a blockade in front of the harbour when the weather permitted.Hellenica
The blockade had raised even the most simple articles to the price of luxuries.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
Then we will all have to get out or else be obliged to run the blockade.The Liberty Boys Running the Blockade
They wont do that, and if they do, England will break the blockade.Among the Pines
James R. Gilmore
A second grievance was the blockade of American ports by British cruisers.Union and Democracy
- 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
- to impose a blockade on
- to obstruct the way to
Word Origin and History for blockade
late 17c., from blockade (n.). Related: Blockaded; blockading.
- Intravenous injection of large amounts of colloidal dyes in which the reaction of the reticuloendothelial cells to other influences is temporarily prevented.
- Arrest of nerve impulse transmission at autonomic synaptic junctions, autonomic receptor sites, or myoneural junctions through the action of a drug.