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blockade

[ blo-keyd ]
/ blɒĖˆkeÉŖd /
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noun
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 muscleā€“contraction impulse.
verb (used with object), blockĀ·adĀ·ed, blockĀ·adĀ·ing.
to subject to a blockade.
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Origin of blockade

1670ā€“80; block (in the sense ā€œto create obstaclesā€) + -ade1

synonym study for blockade

1. See siege.

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British Dictionary definitions for blockade

blockade
/ (blɒĖˆkeÉŖd) /

noun
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 (tr)
to impose a blockade on
to obstruct the way to

Derived forms of blockade

blockader, noun

Word Origin for blockade

C17: from block + -ade, as in ambuscade
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