How long will it take, and at what cost, to reopen the strait and keep it open?
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it,” or so says Matthew 7.
What of the other states that buy and sell the Gulf oil that moves through the strait?
If a conflict with Iran escalated beyond airstrikes to a naval struggle in the strait of Hormuz, more resources would be diverted.
And if the strait of Hormuz were to be blocked by Iran or any other country or entity, oil prices would skyrocket.
In passing the strait of Ceylon, the ship which carried Xavier was overtaken with the most horrible tempest which was ever seen.
They expected to capture him on his return through the strait of Magellan.
Coming out from the strait, they rounded the point of an island, and found themselves among small islands and islets.
The strait vanished and there were tumbled hills below them.
The strait between eastern Canada and Newfoundland is an example.
mid-14c., "narrow, confined space or place," specifically of bodies of water from late 14c., noun use of adjective strait "narrow, strict" (late 13c.), from Old French estreit (French étroit) "tight, close, narrow" (also used as a noun), from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere "bind or draw tight" (see strain (v.)).
Sense of "difficulty, plight" (usually straits) first recorded 1540s. Strait and narrow "conventional way of life" is recorded from mid-14c. (see straight (adj.2)).
A narrow passage, such as the upper or lower opening of the pelvic canal.