• WordNet 3.6
    • v blockade impose a blockade on
    • v blockade obstruct access to
    • v blockade render unsuitable for passage "block the way","barricade the streets","stop the busy road"
    • v blockade hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of "His brother blocked him at every turn"
    • n blockade a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
    • n blockade prevents access or progress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blockade An obstruction to passage.
    • Blockade Hence, to shut in so as to prevent egress. "Till storm and driving ice blockade him there."
    • Blockade (physiology) interference with transmission of a physiological signal, or a physiological reaction.
    • Blockade 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.
    • Blockade To obstruct entrance to or egress from. "Huge bales of British cloth blockade the door."
    • Blockade 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blockade The shutting up of a place, particularly a port, harbor, or line of coast, by hostile ships or troops, so as to stop all ingress or egress, and to hinder the entrance of supplies of provisions, ammunition, or reinforcements.
    • n blockade Hence A hindrance to progress or action caused by obstructions of any kind.
    • blockade To subject to a blockade; prevent ingress or egress from by warlike means.
    • blockade Hence To shut in by obstacles of any kind; block; obstruct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blockade the blocking up of a place by surrounding it with troops or by ships
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. It. bloccata,. See Block (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Widely spread, but acc. to Skeat, of Celt. origin, Gael. ploc, Old Ir. blog, a fragment. See Plug.


In literature:

This blockade, then, is to be abandoned during the armistice, for there is to be a cessation of hostilities upon the ocean and the land.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
They were blockaded, it is true, and inactive within Fort George, but, on Lake Erie, the war was vigorously prosecuted.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
The fleet proceeded to blockade the French ships, and the revolutionary army was obliged to remain at Newport for their protection.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
But since then he had seen seven years of blizzards, blockades, and washouts; of hard work, hardships, and disappointments.
"The Daughter of a Magnate" by Frank H. Spearman
And he knew, though he could not see them then, that far out to sea lay the vessels of the blockading squadron.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
Instead he withdrew his dromons out of the Bosphorus and thereafter followed the less risky policy of a blockade.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
And this is thanks to war and blockade!
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
The blockade of the island had become the blockade of the one port of Santiago.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The stories told by blockade-runners are full of instances of desperate risk and thrilling adventure.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Blockading was desperately tedious work, make the best one could of it.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan

In poetry:

He found his cities and domains
Beneath a tyrant's galling chains
And cruel power;
But by fierce battle and blockade,
Soon his own banner was displayed
From every tower.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
'Twix' the Forties and Fifties,
South-eastward the drift is,
And so, when we think we are making Land's End
Alas, it is Ushant With half the King's Navy
Blockading French ports against poor honest men!
"Poor Honest Men" by Rudyard Kipling
It may be on the Danube, or among the Belgian dunes;
Annexing South Sea Islands or blockading hot lagoons;
Escorting armies overseas or starting out in buff
To hand a Turkish railroad-line a friendly pinch of snuff.
"The Silent Navy" by Cicely Fox Smith
What if the darkness should bring
The lean blockade-runners across
With food for the hungry and spent....
Who could joy in the sudden release
While the faces, still-smiling, but wan,
Turned slowly to hallow the town?
"The Last Crew" by DuBose Heyward
When Nelson was blockading for three long years and more,
With many a bluff first-rater and oaken seventy-four,
To share the fun and fighting, the good chance and the bad,
Oh, he had also Small Craft — because he must have had!
"Small Craft" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The Mainstream Media's Biased Coverage of the Gaza Blockade.
Nine confirmed dead following shoot out, blockade in Reynosa.
Hamas aims high in conditions for truce, saying calm linked to end of Gaza blockade .
Israel slow to relax Gaza blockade .
Israel, Palestinians hold indirect talks on blockade of Gaza.
Harrisburg mayor orders blockade of Curtin Street.
Police blockade Harrisburg street after shootings.
Tucson News NowHamas links truce to end of Gaza border blockade .
Hamas ties ceasefire to end of Gaza border blockade , while Israel calls for end of rocket strikes.
Hamas wants end to blockade in cease -fire.
Talks include topics such as easing Israel's economic blockade in Gaza.
Hamas wants end to blockade in cease-fire .
Two of the boats were waylaid and the rest were intercepted while trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, including the ship Mavi Marmara, nine of whose passengers were killed.
Five members of the Tar Sands Blockade group were arrested Wednesday, Sept 19.
Israel-Hamas talks leave future of Gaza blockade cloudy .

In science:

This is of more than theoretical interest as fluctuations of wave function amplitudes govern a variety of physical processes such as, e.g., photodissociation of molecules and the measured statistics of conductance peaks in the Coulomb blockade regime .
Semiclassical Construction of Random Wave Functions for Confined Systems
For example, it has been experimental observed that the peak-spacing statistics for an irregular quantum dot in Coulomb blockade regime undergoes a crossover from Wigner-Dyson to Gaussian behavior as the strength of electron-electron interaction increases [1,2].
Random Matrices with Correlated Elements: A Model for Disorder with Interactions
An accumulation of charge is followed by the Coulomb blockade and broken symmetry of a single or double well potential.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
The phase-breaking process also changes the interface states as a result of interaction with other electrons via global Coulomb blockade.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
Section 5 is dedicated to the Coulomb blockade modified by the adiabatic motion in phase space.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions