Besser block


Bes·​ser block ˈbe-sər- How to pronounce Besser block (audio)
variants or besser block
plural Besser blocks or besser blocks
: cinder block sense 2
Against all the acoustic probabilities of grey Besser blocks and steel framing, the winery encourages the sounds of instruments and voices to bloom.Roger Covell, Sydney Morning Herald, 2 Dec. 1994
Each yard had a quota of car wrecks perched on Besser blocks or tree stumps.Russell Skelton, King Brown Country: The Betrayal of Papunya, 2010
Besser blocks and beaten copper panels were a crude attempt to create privacy …Karen McCartney, Iconic Australian Houses, 2007
The impact demolished the cement besser block wall and left a gaping hole in the store, which was empty at the time.Kate Lemmon, The Queensland Times, 30 Aug. 2012

Word History


after the Besser Manufacturing Company, concrete block producer founded in Alpena, Michigan, in 1904

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Besser block was in 1909

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“Besser block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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