block·​age | \ ˈblä-kij How to pronounce blockage (audio) \

Definition of blockage

: an act or instance of obstructing : the state of being blocked a blockage in a coronary artery

Examples of blockage in a Sentence

He had surgery to open up blockages in his arteries. trying to prevent blockage of the artery
Recent Examples on the Web That does not include losses faced by owners of more than 400 ships delayed by the blockage or the losses to owners of cargo on those ships. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2021 The alleged blockage of vehicles has impacted the surrounding area, including unsuspecting motorists and nearby businesses, the city claimed. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 18 Mar. 2022 Reaching the Russian public has been a challenge given state censorship, including the Kremlin’s blockage of Facebook and Twitter. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022 Recently, a cardiac CT scan showed blockage in two arteries: 70% in one and 80% in the other. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2022 Its blockage has resulted in miles-long backups at the Blue Water Bridge as trucks rerouted there instead. Dominic Pino, National Review, 11 Feb. 2022 Biliary atresia is a blockage of the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. Deanese Williams-harris,, 15 Apr. 2022 The urine never gets completely emptied due to the partial blockage at the prostate, leading to crystallization of the minerals in urine. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2022 Some people also just naturally produce more earwax, which also can lead to a blockage. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blockage

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blockage was in 1759

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20 Jun 2022

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“Blockage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for blockage


block·​age | \ ˈbläk-ij How to pronounce blockage (audio) \

Medical Definition of blockage

: the action of blocking or the state of being blocked: as
b : internal resistance to understanding a communicated idea, to learning new material, or to adopting a new mode of response because of existing habitual ways of thinking, perceiving, and acting — compare blocking



Legal Definition of blockage

: the condition of a large block of items of property (as shares of stock) that requires special valuation for purposes of estate and gift tax because the value of the items sold as a block differs from their value if sold individually


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