Definitions for: Blockade


[n] a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
[n] prevents access or progress
[v] impose a blockade on
[v] obstruct access to
[v] render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"
[v] hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"



Webster (1913) Definition: Block*ade", n. [Cf. It. bloccata. See Block, v. t.
]
1. The shutting up of a place by troops or ships, with the
purpose of preventing ingress or egress, or the reception
of supplies; as, the blockade of the ports of an enemy.

Note: Blockade is now usually applied to an investment with
ships or vessels, while siege is used of an investment
by land forces. To constitute a blockade, the investing
power must be able to apply its force to every point of
practicable access, so as to render it dangerous to
attempt to enter; and there is no blockade of that port
where its force can not be brought to bear. --Kent.

2. An obstruction to passage.

To raise a blockade. See under Raise.


Block*ade", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blockaded; p. pr. &
vb. n. Blockading.]
1. To shut up, as a town or fortress, by investing it with
troops or vessels or war for the purpose of preventing
ingress or egress, or the introduction of supplies. See
note under Blockade, n. ``Blockaded the place by sea.''
--Gilpin.

2. Hence, to shut in so as to prevent egress.

Till storm and driving ice blockade him there.
--Wordsworth.

3. To obstruct entrance to or egress from.

Huge bales of British cloth blockade the door.
--Pope.

Synonyms: bar, barricade, block, block, block off, block off, block up, embarrass, encirclement, hinder, obstruct, seal off, stymie, stymy

See Also: action, beleaguer, beleaguering, besiege, besieging, block, bottleneck, check, circumvent, close, close off, close up, close up, filibuster, forbid, foreclose, forestall, hang, hem in, impede, impede, impediment, impedimenta, jam, jam, military action, military blockade, naval blockade, obstruct, obstruct, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor, obturate, obturate, occlude, occlude, preclude, prevent, shut off, siege, stonewall, surround

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