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From block +‎ -ade.



blockade (plural blockades)

  1. The physical blocking or surrounding of a place, especially a port, in order to prevent commerce and traffic in or out.
    • 2019 October, Philip Sherratt, “Midland Main Line upgrade presses on”, in Modern Railways, page 62:
      A six-day blockade from 28 May to 2 June saw NR [National Rail] straighten the track through the station, facilitating a linespeed increase from 60mph to 85mph over a 4km stretch.
  2. (by extension) Any form of formal isolation of something, especially with the force of law or arms.
  3. (nautical) The ships or other forces used to effect a naval blockade.
  4. (chess) Preventing an opponent's pawn moving by placing a piece in front of it



blockade (third-person singular simple present blockades, present participle blockading, simple past and past participle blockaded)

  1. (transitive) To create a blockade against.
    • 2020 May 6, Graeme Pickering, “Borders Railway: time for the next step”, in Rail, page 52:
      On January 5 1969, residents blockaded the level crossing at Newcastleton, ahead of the final passenger train. It was only after the then-local MP David (now Lord) Steel had alighted from the St Pancras-bound Sleeper service and negotiated their dispersal (in return for the release without charge of one of the protest organisers, Reverend Brydon Maben) that the train was allowed on its way.