blockade

Part of speech: verb

To close to traffic by military or naval force; obstruct; block up.

Part of speech: noun

The closing of a seaport, etc., by hostile forces.

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Usage examples "blockade":

  1. Under this head it will be convenient to treat all forms of blockade, whether military or commercial, although, as we shall see, certain forms of military, and even commercial, blockade are primarily concerned with forcing the enemy to a decision. - "Some Principles of Maritime Strategy", Julian Stafford Corbett.
  2. It is of course unnecessary to remind the German Government that the sole right of a belligerent in dealing with neutral vessels on the high seas is limited to visit and search, unless a blockade is proclaimed and effectively maintained, which the Government of the United States does not understand to be proposed in this case. - "Germany, The Next Republic?", Carl W. Ackerman.
  3. The attempt to blockade half the globe with forty galleots was insane; for, although the enemy had not occupied the whole territory, he commanded every harbour and position of vantage. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.