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Meaning of blockade

block•ade

Pronunciation: (blo-kād'), [key]
— n., v., -ad•ed, -ad•ing.
—n.
  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. interruption or inhibition of a normal physiological signal, as a nerve impulse or a heart muscle–contraction impulse.
—v.t.
  1. to subject to a blockade.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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