from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The isolation of a nation, area, city, or harbor by hostile ships or forces in order to prevent the entrance and exit of traffic and commerce.
- n. The forces used to effect this isolation.
- transitive v. To set up a blockade against. See Synonyms at besiege.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The physical blocking or surrounding of a place, especially a port, in order to prevent commerce and traffic in or out.
- n. By extension, any form of formal isolation of something, especially with the force of law or arms.
- n. The ships or other forces used to effect a naval blockade.
- n. Preventing an opponent's pawn moving by placing a piece in front of it
- v. To create a blockade against.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The shutting up of a place by troops or ships, with the purpose of preventing ingress or egress, or the reception of supplies.
- n. An obstruction to passage.
- n. interference with transmission of a physiological signal, or a physiological reaction.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. Hence, to shut in so as to prevent egress.
- transitive v. To obstruct entrance to or egress from.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The shutting up of a place, particularly a port, harbor, or line of coast, by hostile ships or troops, so as to stop all ingress or egress, and to hinder the entrance of supplies of provisions, ammunition, or reinforcements.
- n. Hence A hindrance to progress or action caused by obstructions of any kind.
- To subject to a blockade; prevent ingress or egress from by warlike means.
- Hence To shut in by obstacles of any kind; block; obstruct.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. obstruct access to
- v. render unsuitable for passage
- v. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
- n. a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
- n. prevents access or progress
- v. impose a blockade on
A minor point but funnily enough while most international lawyers agree that Israel retains some responsibilities as an occupying power in Gaza, they are much more wary about using the term blockade which has a very specific meaning within the laws of war (though ironically the IDF uses the term somewhat loosely itself in relation to Gaza).
Cuban officials use the term "blockade" to refer to the nearly 50-year-old U.S. economic embargo.
Martinned: Generally a blockade is an Act of War, meaning that most aspects of it are dealt with under that category, rather than maritime law.
Generally a blockade is an Act of War, meaning that most aspects of it are dealt with under that category, rather than maritime law.
It takes some effort not to notice, for example, that just yesterday I wrote “The whole Gaza blockade is an example of this stupidity.”
Do you seriously think that heading for a war zone to run a blockade is the equivalent of riding your car down I-95 with a cooler and a picnic lunch?
But they do let them dock after a search ahem. have you seen the list of blockaded items? the blockade is about collective punishment and to reduce the civilian population of gaza to a state of breaking point.
Given that they already exist, the blockade is a longstanding legal means of prosecuting those hostilities.
June 2, 2010, 4: 09 pm sgi says: ahem. have you seen the list of blockaded items? the blockade is about collective punishment and to reduce the civilian population of gaza to a state of breaking point.
TNeloms says: ahem. have you seen the list of blockaded items? the blockade is about collective punishment and to reduce the civilian population of gaza to a state of breaking point.