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block·ade

 (blŏ-kād′)
n.
1. 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.
2. The forces used to effect this isolation.
tr.v. block·ad·ed, block·ad·ing, block·ades
To set up a blockade against: blockaded the harbor.

[Probably block + -ade (as in barricade).]

block·ad′er n.
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Adj.1.blockading - blocking entrance to and exit from seaports and harborsblockading - blocking entrance to and exit from seaports and harbors; "the blockading ships prevented delivery of munitions"
preventative, preventive - tending to prevent or hinder
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