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Blockade

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Blockade \Block*ade"\, verb (used with an object) [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}, noun "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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Blockade \Block*ade"\, noun [Cf. It. bloccata. See {Block}, verb (used with an object) ]

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.

3. (physiology) interference with transmission of a physiological signal, or a physiological reaction. [PJC]

{To raise a blockade}. See under {Raise}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

blockade

noun

1: a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy [syn: {blockade}, {encirclement}]

2: prevents access or progress

verb

1: hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn" [syn: {obstruct}, {blockade}, {block}, {hinder}, {stymie}, {stymy}, {embarrass}]

2: render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: {barricade}, {block}, {blockade}, {stop}, {block off}, {block up}, {bar}]

3: obstruct access to [syn: {blockade}, {block off}]

4: impose a blockade on [syn: {blockade}, {seal off}]


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