blockade

A blockade is an obstacle that stands between you and something you're trying to reach. After a robbery, police might set up a blockade around the neighborhood to catch the thief.

Anything that impedes or halts progress is a blockade. If you join the military, you might find yourself building a blockade to confine your enemies and isolate them from the outside world. If you think of the root of this word, block, then you've pretty much got the meaning right there. If you don't want your little sister to disturb the house of cards you're building in my room, you can take lots of pillows and make a fort to use as a blockade to keep her from wandering in and knocking everything over.

Definitions of blockade
  1. noun
    a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
    synonyms: encirclement
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    naval blockade
    the interdiction of a nation's lines of communication at sea by the use of naval power
    beleaguering, besieging, military blockade, siege
    the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack
    type of:
    action, military action
    a military engagement
  2. noun
    something that prevents access or progress
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    type of:
    impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor
    any structure that makes progress difficult
  3. verb
    obstruct access to
    synonyms: block off
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    type of:
    block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
    block passage through
  4. verb
    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    synonyms: block, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy
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    stonewall
    obstruct or hinder any discussion
    filibuster
    obstruct deliberately by delaying
    check
    block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
    hang
    prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
    bottleneck
    slow down or impede by creating an obstruction
    type of:
    forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, preempt, prevent
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  5. verb
    impose a blockade on
    synonyms: seal off
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    type of:
    beleaguer, besiege, circumvent, hem in, surround
    surround so as to force to give up
  6. verb
    render unsuitable for passage
    synonyms: bar, barricade, block, block off, block up, stop
    block, obstruct
    shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
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    block off, close off, shut off
    block off the passage through
    close
    bar access to
    type of:
    block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
    block passage through
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