Definition of blockade runner in US 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.’
    • ‘Pursuit of blockade runners often ran them aground, costing officers and crew the prize money awarded for captures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Blockades of enemy ports during war time tend to develop that peculiar kind of person and ship, the blockade runners.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The owner, master, or one of the crew of a blockade runner.
      • ‘CenSec had to deal with everything - petty criminals, paramilitaries, and investigative work, and on occasion - pirates and blockade runners.’
      • ‘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.’