blockade

verb
block·​ade | \ blä-ˈkād How to pronounce blockade (audio) \
blockaded; blockading

Definition of blockade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to subject to a blockade

blockade

noun

Definition of blockade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the isolation by a warring nation of an enemy area (such 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 (such as transmission of nerve impulses) of a cellular receptor, tissue, or organ also : inhibition of a physiologically active substance (such as a hormone)

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Other Words from blockade

Verb

blockader noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blockade

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of blockade in a Sentence

Verb They blockaded the country's ports. the militant protestors blockaded the whole area around city hall Noun it was the blockade of all the enemy's major ports that finally won the war
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Both Israel and Egypt began to blockade Gaza after Hamas seized control. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Mideast Turmoil Complicates Arab Support for Trump Peace Plan," 17 May 2018 Angry farmers, struggling with high debts, drove their tractors to Washington and blockaded the Fed’s headquarters. Christopher Rugaber, Twin Cities, "Ex-Fed Chair Paul Volcker dies, tamed inflation with recession," 9 Dec. 2019 Angry farmers, struggling with high debts, drove their tractors to Washington and blockaded the Fed’s headquarters. Christopher S. Rugaber, The Denver Post, "Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker has died," 9 Dec. 2019 Angry farmers, struggling with high debts, drove their tractors to Washington and blockaded the Fed's headquarters. Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, "Paul Volcker, Fed chairman who curbed inflation by raising interest rates, dies at 92," 9 Dec. 2019 Protestors had blockaded the north and south ends of Westminster Bridge, which is by the Houses of Parliament, according to the statement. Bianca Britton, CNN, "More than 250 Extinction Rebellion activists arrested in London as global protests begin," 7 Oct. 2019 The ship was also part of a British fleet used to blockade Newport Harbor from the French in 1778. BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 8 Sep. 2019 In France, the protesters blockaded Amazon warehouses in Lyon and Saint-Priest. Arkansas Online, "Climate ralliers throng cities, call for change," 30 Nov. 2019 In 2010, at the end of a decade when Indonesian nickel production jumped 600%, Sahman and hundreds of others blockaded barges in the bay after an Environment Ministry order that a mining company compensate fishermen went unanswered. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This bizarre Civil War episode came about mainly because of the infamous exploits of the C.S.S., a Confederate blockade runner commanded by Raphael Semmes that had been terrorizing the U.S. Navy and Northern merchants throughout the Atlantic. Graham Cornwell, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Diplomatic Intrigue That Gave Morocco a Cameo Appearance in the U.S. Civil War," 21 Jan. 2020 Oil prices rallied after a key export pipeline in western Libya was blocked, forcing additional production cuts a day after a port blockade had already halved the country’s output. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "European Stocks Tick Lower on Fresh Strain to U.K. Ties," 20 Jan. 2020 The bitter enemies have been conducting indirect negotiations through Egyptian, U.N. and Qatari mediators aimed at easing an Israeli blockade of the territory in exchange for quiet and a halt to rocket fire. Washington Post, "Israel intercepts rockets launched from Gaza Strip," 15 Jan. 2020 The desperate tactic ultimately worked last summer for hundreds of miners in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, who created a blockade after their final checks from employer Blackjewel Mining bounced. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Protest by unpaid Kentucky miners yet another sign of coal's steep decline," 14 Jan. 2020 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the House will take steps next week to send articles of impeachment to the Senate ending Democrats' blockade of President Donald Trump's Senate trial. Fortune, "Pelosi: House Moving to Send Articles of Impeachment to Senate Next Week," 10 Jan. 2020 The move came as Qatar was battling a blockade by rivals Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Miriam Berger, BostonGlobe.com, "Where US troops are in the Middle East, and could now be a target," 5 Jan. 2020 His victory that day gives the Union control of the bay, closing it to blockade runners. al, "The story of us: Alabama history 10,000 BC to now," 28 Nov. 2019 Mary Celestia Constructed during the Civil War, the Mary Celestia served as a blockade runner for the Confederacy, transporting goods like food, weapons and ammunition during wartime. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Exploring Five of the Most Iconic Wreckage Sites in Bermuda," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of blockade

Verb

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blockade was in 1563

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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blockade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blockader. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for blockade

blockade

verb
How to pronounce blockade (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of blockade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

blockade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blockade (Entry 2 of 2)

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

blockade

verb
block·​ade | \ blä-ˈkād How to pronounce blockade (audio) \
blockaded; blockading

Kids Definition of blockade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to close off a place to prevent the coming in or going out of people or supplies

blockade

noun

Kids Definition of blockade (Entry 2 of 2)

: the closing off of a place (as by warships) to prevent the coming in or going out of people or supplies

blockade

noun
block·​ade | \ blä-ˈkād How to pronounce blockade (audio) \

Medical Definition of blockade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : interruption of normal physiological function (as transmission of nerve impulses) of a cellular receptor, tissue, or organ
b : inhibition of a physiologically active substance (as a hormone)
2 : the process of reducing the phagocytic capabilities of the mononuclear phagocyte system by loading it with harmless material (as India ink or lampblack) which engages its cells in phagocytosis and prevents them from reacting to new antigenic material — compare blocking antibody
blockaded; blockading

Medical Definition of blockade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to blockade

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