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.
- block·ad·er, noun
- coun·ter·block·ade, noun, verb, coun·ter·block·ad·ed, coun·ter·block·ad·ing.
- non·block·ad·ed, adjective
- pre·block·ade, noun, verb (used with object), pre·block·ad·ed, pre·block·ad·ing.
- pro·block·ade, adjective
- un·block·ad·ed, adjective
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How to use blockade in a sentence
Beijing imposed new tariffs and blockades on Australian imports shortly after the resolution passed, even though the scope of the investigation is much smaller than what Canberra had hoped for.WHO team investigating the origin of COVID-19 will enter China after delays | Eamon Barrett | January 11, 2021 | Fortune
On a recent morning at Zhou’s third-floor walk-up apartment, he and his colleague, Ouyang Ruoyu, took out their phones to demonstrate the blockade.
Apple is hoping to remove enough critics that they can get away with their blockade on competition.Apple cuts some App Store fees, but critics call it a ploy to avoid regulation | Reed Albergotti | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Facing a blockade similar to what TikTok and WeChat now face, ZTE cut a deal.It’s getting harder for tech companies to bridge the US-China divide | Amy Nordrum | September 21, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
It was the longest internet blockade ever in the democratic world.Podcast: How a 135-year-old law lets India shutdown the internet | Anthony Green | September 2, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Russian President Vladimir Putin pounced quickly Sunday, denouncing the economic blockade of the Donbas.
A blockade would have rapidly cut off Pakistan from oil supplies.
Few, if any, are from Gaza, partly because of the blockade and partly because Hamas has pushed gays even deeper into the closet.
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 | Jesse Rosenfeld | August 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Karim has been without work since Hamas seized power in Gaza in 2007 and Israel imposed its seven-year blockade.
President Lincoln had declared a blockade of the Southern ports as soon as the war had started.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
The tumbled masses of slate-stratum fallen over one another was a proof that the blockade had been recently made.Black Diamonds | Mr Jkai
The sea trade of the country had been destroyed by the vigorous blockade which the Dutch ships of war maintained along the coast.Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
This outbreak led to a joint British and German blockade, which seriously hampered trade operations.
This paper blockade was the challenge which called forth the Berlin Decree from Napoleon.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
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
to impose a blockade on
to obstruct the way to
- blockader, noun
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