Definition of blockade runner in English:

blockade runner


  • 1A ship that manages to enter or leave a blockaded port.

    • ‘The Denbigh was the last blockade runner between Havana and Mobile to escape.’
    • ‘Its ports were so isolated they were unattractive even to blockade runners, and goods imported there took months to filter north to the heart of the Confederacy.’
    • ‘Blockades of enemy ports during war time tend to develop that peculiar kind of person and ship, the blockade runners.’
    • ‘After two unsuccessful attempts to use Confederate money to book passage to Europe on a blockade runner out of Wilmington, North Carolina, Garidel realized that he was trapped in Richmond.’
    • ‘Many ships carrying two or three Kingfishers operated in the South Atlantic, searching for subs and blockade runners.’
    • ‘Pursuit of blockade runners often ran them aground, costing officers and crew the prize money awarded for captures.’
    1. 1.1 The owner, master, or one of the crew of a blockade runner.
      • ‘Merchants, mercenaries, pirates, blockade runners, and all sorts of travelers come through Nerlack Lunar Base daily, slipping unnoticed onboard a ship will not be difficult.’
      • ‘CenSec had to deal with everything - petty criminals, paramilitaries, and investigative work, and on occasion - pirates and blockade runners.’