- 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
Related Words for blockadedlonely, remote, uninhabited, cloistered, quiet, deserted, hidden, insurmountable, impenetrable, blockade, demonstrate, boycott, bomb, plunder, rob, assault, bombard, harass, ransack, storm
Examples from the Web for blockaded
Contemporary Examples of blockaded
“If Donetsk is blockaded the humanitarian situation will be 10 times worse than in Slavyansk,” he continues.Ukraine’s Pro-Putin Rebels Prepare for a Last Stand
July 10, 2014
The snap referendum was held two weeks after Russian forces seized the peninsula and blockaded Ukrainian soldiers in their bases.Ukraine Expects U.S. Military Help If War With Russia Starts
March 17, 2014
A generation of young Palestinians is trapped in the blockaded strip, with little hope for the future.The Gaza Prison
Sarah A. Topol
November 21, 2012
The United States and Britain were at war with Germany and Japan and blockaded them.Israel Was Right
Leslie H. Gelb
May 31, 2010
The rescue mission saved the city when the Russians blockaded road and rail connections, trying to starve the population.We Missed the Moment
January 15, 2010
Historical Examples of blockaded
It had been blockaded for months with its keel out of water.My Double Life
Her enemies had supposed that she was exhausted by the war, and our ships were blockaded at Mitylene.Menexenus
Their crime was high treason against Medina while it was blockaded.A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihd'
Moulavi Gergh Ali
The State of Yucatan was not assisting in the war and did not need to be blockaded.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
The Houses of Parliament were blockaded by the Spitalfields weavers.Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
- 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 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.