from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Strait of also Strait of Or·muz (ôr-mo͞ozˈ, ôrˈmŭzˌ)Hormuz A strategic waterway linking the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman. The narrow strait controls oceangoing traffic to and from the oil-rich Gulf States.


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  • Thestraitof hormuz will close (Iran Readies Plan to Close Strait of Hormuz), oil prices will go to $100.00 a barrel, the stock market willquickly nosedive well below its current fragile support levels and Bush will declare a national emergency ~ legally stopping our democratic process in its tracks. (please remember, recent legislationgives Bush the right to self declare a national emergencyand literally take over the country as well as the national guard)


  • This early period culminated in the capture of the island emporium of Hormuz from the Portuguese in 1622.

    Explorers and the British Empire

  • This weekend, the major oil producer is planning to engage in naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, which is patrolled by ships of U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet as a key transportation route for oil, according to reports.

    Oil Jumps 6.6% on Week, Ending Just Below $100

  • A strike on Iran and Iran's response, including attempts to close the Strait of Hormuz, which is vital for oil shipments, or an attack on Saudi oilfields, would lead to a sharp rise in oil prices that could seriously harm the U.S. economy, jeopardizing President Barack Obama's chances for re-election.

  • A large part of the oil from the Middle East to the Western World is shipped through Strait of Hormuz, which is 21 miles across at its narrowest point. News

  • And Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, which is just 34 miles wide and yet serves as the passageway for 20 percent of the world's oil.


  • Bahrain is important because you need it to project power in the Strait of Hormuz, which is a vital area due to oil shipping.

    The Guardian World News

  • "We have no current indications that Iran is trying to impede or halt maritime transits through the Strait of Hormuz, which is an international waterway," George Little, a Pentagon spokesman, said today in an e-mailed statement. -- Top News

  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta outlined some red lines when it comes to Iran in an interview on "Face the Nation" Sunday, saying the U.S. would not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon or to block the Strait of Hormuz, which is a key passageway for oil from the Middle East.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • Iran could attack U.S. ships in the Strait of Hormuz, which is a waterway between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, on the south coast of Iran.

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