blockade


1block·ade

verb \blä-ˈkād\

: to place a blockade on (a port or country) : to stop people or supplies from entering or leaving (a port or country) especially during a war

block·ad·edblock·ad·ing

Full Definition of BLOCKADE

transitive verb
1
:  to subject to a blockade
2
block·ad·er noun

Examples of BLOCKADE

  1. They blockaded the country's ports.
  2. <the militant protestors blockaded the whole area around city hall>

First Known Use of BLOCKADE

1563

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2blockade

noun

: an act of war in which one country uses ships to stop people or supplies from entering or leaving another country

Full Definition of BLOCKADE

1
:  the isolation by a warring nation of an enemy area (as a harbor) by troops or warships to prevent passage of persons or supplies; broadly :  a restrictive measure designed to obstruct the commerce and communications of an unfriendly nation
2
:  something that blocks
3
:  interruption of normal physiological function (as transmission of nerve impulses) of a cellular receptor, tissue, or organ; also :  inhibition of a physiologically active substance (as a hormone)

Examples of BLOCKADE

  1. <it was the blockade of all the enemy's major ports that finally won the war>

First Known Use of BLOCKADE

1683

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

blockade

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Act of war whereby one party blocks entry to or departure from an enemy area, often a coast. Blockades are regulated by international law and custom, which require advance warning to neutral states and impartial application. Penalties for breach of blockade are seizure of ship and cargo and their possible condemnation as lawful prizes. Neutral ships may not be destroyed for blockade running.

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