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Definitions of blockade

  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. An obstruction to passage. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To surround and shut up; to block. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To stop all access to. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To close to traffic by military or naval force; obstruct; block up. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. obstruct access to Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. impose a blockade on Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. To surround by blockade. Blockade-runner, a ship for breaking through a blockade by sea. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To shut up a town or a fortress with an army or with ships, to compel it to surrender. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. Hence, to shut in so as to prevent egress. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To obstruct entrance to or egress from. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The shutting up of a place, as a port, by ships or troops of an enemy in order to prevent anything from coming in or going out. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. The blocking up of a place by surrounding it with troops or by ships. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. The shutting up a place by hostile forces. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. The closing of a seaport, etc., by hostile forces. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. A siege carried on by so surrounding a place as to prevent the besieged having any communication with the outside. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. The surrounding or shutting up any place with a sufficient number of soldiers or ships, in order to prevent any intercourse with its inhabitants. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for blockade

  1. No other assault was attempted- the blockade was continued to May 1776. On the 18th of June Arnold withdrew from Canada. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  2. I hinted at the possibilities of blockade – If I May by A. A. Milne
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