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  1. an act of blocking.
  2. the state of being blocked; an obstructed condition: the blockage of the streets by heavy snows.
  3. something that blocks; obstruction.
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Origin of blockage

First recorded in 1870–75; block + -age
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Related Words

stoppage, jam, traverse, clog, bar, barrier, wall, snag, impasse, obstacle, impediment, hindrance, barricade, hamper, block

Examples from the Web for blockage

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  • On Sundays it is evident that the blockage of the streets is greater than ever.

  • We can give them their errorless, mechanical men—just as soon as we find ways of correcting the blockage of the feedback pulses!

    Human Error

    Raymond F. Jones

  • Lenny had no blockage whatever against receiving visual patterns and designs.

    The Foreign Hand Tie

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for blockage


  1. the act of blocking or state of being blocked
  2. an object causing an obstruction
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Word Origin and History for blockage


1827, from block (v.) + -age.

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