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Meaning of BLOCKADE

Pronunciation:  blâ'keyd

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

BLOCKADE is a 8 letter word that starts with B.

 

 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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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}.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
 
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