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Definition of blockade:

  1. A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap, by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded, to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; -- used especially in the rigging of ships, and in tackles.
  2. An obstruction to passage.
  3. Hence, to shut in so as to prevent egress.
  4. 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.
  5. To obstruct entrance to or egress from.
  6. 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.

Synonyms:

halt, balance of payments, blank out, close up, beleaguerment, relegate, stop over, bar, stuff, break off, immobilise, quit, encirclement, besiegement, draw a blank, contain, obturate, impede, freeze, common market, lay off, parry, terminate, give up, obstruct, seal off, kibosh, attack, hinder, hold back, occlude, hamper, discontinue, cease, abash, siege, turn back, block off, forget, barricado, debar, lug, banish, balance of trade, deflect, block up, check, close off, hold on, embarrass, barricade, finish, leaguer, siege, export, arrest, shut off, investment, stymie, embargo, end, seal, intercept, immobilize, exclude, stymy, block, break, choke up.

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