Adjective "blockading" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An act or means of sealing off a place to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving.
  1. 'They imposed an economic blockade on the city, forcing people to queue for hours in the heat to enter or leave, and requiring them to show identification in English.'
  2. 'Throughout 1940 and 1941 the USA tightened an economic blockade of Japan which threatened to cut off most Japanese oil supplies.'
  3. 'The second major contribution of the blockade was that it prevented the South from exploiting its ability to set cotton prices.'
  4. 'About 500 workers imposed a blockade on the factory on October 14 after being abruptly informed that the plant was closed and the workforce sacked.'
  5. 'Because the problem with dirt is that the media had imposed virtually an iron blockade when it came to the really personal stuff.'
  6. 'The Allies' plan was to strangle the German war economy by imposing a blockade while meanwhile building up their own military strength.'
  7. 'His had been simple - lift the blockade, no questions asked.'
  8. 'With the submarine, the longstanding naval strategy of close blockades of enemy ports had to be abandoned.'
  9. 'We don't think the economic blockade is going to produce a constructive and desirable result.'
  10. 'The two were jailed for refusing to give undertakings that they would not defy a court order, by taking part in blockades of refuse lorries.'
  11. 'The blockade of these receptors can therefore facilitate dopaminergic transmission by stimulating dopamine release and by potentiating the effects of dopamine receptor stimulation.'
  12. 'The mechanism for this benefit is most likely a blockade of aldosterone receptors.'
  13. 'One would expect the effect of blockade on airways function to be rapid and indeed the risk ceases to be significant after the first year of exposure.'


Seal off (a place) to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving.
  1. 'Ironically, it was the indigenous people who first recognised the impending catastrophe and took action by blockading logging roads - only to be jailed in large numbers by the authorities.'
  2. 'The Federal ships blockading the port closed as near as they dared and managed to shoot a cannon ball through the Denbigh's wheelhouse.'
  3. 'Town Hall bosses have criticised residents who blockaded a road after a three-old-boy was involved in an accident with a car.'
  4. 'Thirty people were arrested for blockading the street outside the convention by locking themselves together around organic plants and symbols of an environmentally sustainable future.'
  5. 'The students from the youth activist group blockaded an intersection just outside the central plaza.'
  6. 'Those charged are accused of blockading the lone road into the reserve and intimidating the community to the point where 400 members felt the need to flee.'
  7. 'The groups have blockaded roads and, in some cases, set fire to vehicles.'
  8. 'For 900 days the city was blockaded by the Nazi's and the sight of a book about another siege brought back memories.'
  9. 'But no help came, the baronial forces blockaded the city, and the rebel front began to crumble.'
  10. 'Ricardo himself fled before the place was completely blockaded.'

More definitions

1. the isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor, or city, by hostile ships or troops to prevent entrance or exit.

2. any obstruction of passage or progress: We had difficulty in getting through the blockade of bodyguards.

3. Pathology. interruption or inhibition of a normal physiological signal, as a nerve impulse or a heart muscle–contraction impulse. verb (used with object), blockaded, blockading.

4. to subject to a blockade.

More examples(as adjective)

"links can be blockading."

"trucks can be blockading."

"roads can be blockading."

"lorries can be blockading."

"highways can be blockading."

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(blockade)Late 17th century: from block + -ade, probably influenced by ambuscade.


run a blockade