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block

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noun, often attributive \ˈbläk\

Definition of block

  1. 1 :  a compact usually solid piece of substantial material especially when worked or altered to serve a particular purpose a block of ice blocks of cheese: such asa :  the piece of wood on which the neck of a person condemned to be beheaded is laid for execution put her neck on the blockb :  a mold or form on which articles are shaped or displayed a wooden hat blockc :  a hollow rectangular building unit usually of artificial material a wall of concrete blocksd :  a lightweight usually cubical and solid wooden or plastic building toy that is usually provided in sets children playing with blockse :  the casting that contains the cylinders of an internal combustion engine engine blockf sports :  starting block the first swimmer off the blocks a slow start out of the blocks

  2. 2a :  obstacle putting a block on any future developmentb sports :  an obstruction of an opponent's play; especially, football :  a halting or impeding of the progress or movement of an opponent by use of the body a block by the right tacklec medical (1) :  interruption of normal physiological function (as of a tissue or organ); especially :  heart block The patient presented with a block. (2) :  local anesthesia (as by injection) produced by interruption of the flow of impulses along a nerved psychology :  interruption or cessation especially of train of thought by competing thoughts or psychological suppression a mental block an emotional block — compare writer's block

  3. 3 slang :  head 1 threatened to knock his block off

  4. 4 :  a wooden or metal case enclosing one or more pulleys and having a hook, eye, or strap by which it may be attached

  5. 5 :  a piece of material (such as wood or linoleum) having on its surface a hand-cut design from which impressions are to be printed wooden blocks used for printing books

  6. 6a (1) :  a usually rectangular space (as in a city) enclosed by streets and occupied by or intended for buildings She lived on our block. (2) :  the distance along one of the sides of such a block The store is two blocks down on the right. lived a block away from the schoolb (1) :  a large building divided into separate functional units an apartment block (2) :  a line of row houses (3) :  a distinctive part of a building or integrated group of buildings a block of classrooms

  7. 7 :  a platform from which property is sold at auction went on the block and sold for nearly three million dollars

  8. 8a :  a quantity, number, or section of things dealt with as a unit bought a large block of shares a half-hour block of music a block of textb :  bloc 2 popular among several voting blocks

on the block

  1. :  for sale The business is now on the block.

Examples of block in a Sentence

  1. a wall built out of concrete blocks

  2. We took a walk around the block.

  3. She lived on our block.

  4. The store is three blocks down on the right.

  5. Our hotel is a block from the ocean.

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Origin and Etymology of block

Middle English blok, from Middle French & Middle Dutch; Middle French bloc, from Middle Dutch blok; akin to Old High German bloh block

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block

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Definition of block

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make unsuitable for passage or progress by obstruction The road was blocked by a rock slide.b archaic :  blockade … a city … besieged and blocked about … — John Miltonc :  to hinder the passage, progress, or accomplishment of by or as if by interposing an obstruction The ambulance was blocked by traffic. senators trying to block passage of the billd :  to shut off from view The building blocks our view of the ocean.e :  to interfere usually legitimately with (an opponent, an opponent's shot, etc.) in various games or sports practice blocking our opponents blocked the shot with her handf :  to prevent normal functioning or action of block a nerve with novocaineg :  to restrict the exchange of (currency, checks, etc.)

  3. 2 :  to mark or indicate the outline or chief lines of block out a design

  4. 3 :  to shape on, with, or as if with a block (see 1block 1b) block a hat

  5. 4 :  to secure, support, or provide with a block (see 1block 1) blocking a plate for printing block up the rear wheels

  6. 5 :  to work out (the principal positions and movements) for the performers (as of a play); also :  to work out the players' positions and movements for (a scene or a play) —often used with out block out a scene before the actors arrive on set

  7. 6 typesetting :  to make (two or more lines of writing or type) flush at the left or at both left and right

  8. intransitive verb
  9. sports :  to interfere usually legitimately with an opponent :  to block an opponent needs to practice blocking

blocker

noun

Examples of block in a Sentence

  1. There's an accident blocking the road.

  2. The entrance was blocked by a gate.

  3. Blood clots have completely blocked one of his arteries.

  4. The protesters blocked the road with parked vehicles.

  5. The ambulance was blocked by cars in the road.

  6. An accident was blocking traffic.

  7. Could you move to the left, please. You're blocking my light.

  8. a shield that blocks the wind

  9. Several senators are trying to block the passage of the bill.

  10. His vote blocked the treaty.

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Origin and Etymology of block

see 1block

Synonym Discussion of block

hinder, impede, obstruct, block mean to interfere with the activity or progress of. hinder stresses causing harmful or annoying delay or interference with progress. rain hindered the climb impede implies making forward progress difficult by clogging, hampering, or fettering. tight clothing that impedes movement obstruct implies interfering with something in motion or in progress by the sometimes intentional placing of obstacles in the way. the view was obstructed by billboards block implies complete obstruction to passage or progress. a landslide blocked the road

Block

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biographical name \ˈbläk\

Definition of Block

  1. Herbert Lawrence 1909–2001 Her*blockplay \ˈhər-ˌbläk\ American editorial cartoonist



BLOCK Defined for English Language Learners

block

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noun

Definition of block for English Language Learners

  • : a solid piece of material (such as rock or wood) that has flat sides and is usually square or rectangular in shape

  • : an area of land surrounded by four streets in a city

  • : the length of one city block

block

verb

Definition of block for English Language Learners

  • : to be placed in front of (something, such as a road or path) so that people or things cannot pass through

  • : to place something in front of (something, such as a road) so that people or things cannot go into the area

  • : to stop (someone or something) from moving through or going by


BLOCK Defined for Kids

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block

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noun \ˈbläk\

Definition of block for Students

  1. 1 :  a solid piece of some material usually with one or more flat sides a block of ice

  2. 2 :  an area of land surrounded by four streets in a city

  3. 3 :  the length of one side of a city block

  4. 4 :  a number of things thought of as forming a group or unit a block of seats

  5. 5 :  a large building divided into separate houses or shops an apartment block

  6. 6 :  an action that stops or slows down an opponent (as in football)

  7. 7 :  something that prevents a person from thinking about certain things a mental block

  8. 8 :  something that stops or makes passage or progress difficult :  obstruction

  9. 9 :  a case enclosing one or more pulleys


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block

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verb

Definition of block for Students

blocked

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blocking

  1. 1 :  to stop or make passage through or through to difficult :  obstruct A gate blocked the entrance.

  2. 2 :  to stop or make the passage of difficult An accident is blocking traffic. Opponents blocked the bill in Congress.

  3. 3 :  to make an opponent's movement (as in football) difficult


Medical Dictionary

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block

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noun , often attributive \ˈbläk\

Medical Definition of block

  1. 1:  interruption of normal physiological function of a tissue or organ respiratory block due to carbon monoxide; especially :  heart block

  2. 2a:  block anesthesiab:  nerve block 1

  3. 3:  interruption of a train of thought by competing thoughts or psychological suppression


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block

verb

Medical Definition of block

  1. 1:  to prevent normal functioning of (a bodily element) block a nerve with novocaine

  2. 2:  to obstruct the effect of a carboxyl group blocked by esterification

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to experience or exhibit psychological blocking or blockage

blocker

\-ər\play noun


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