: to make unsuitable for passage or progress by obstruction
- The road was blocked by a rock slide.
- … a city … besieged and blocked about …
- —John Milton
: 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 bill
: to shut off from view
- The building blocks our view of the ocean.
: 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 hand
: to prevent normal functioning or action of
- block a nerve with novocaine
: to restrict the exchange of (currency, checks, etc.)
: to mark or indicate the outline or chief lines of
: to shape on, with, or as if with a block (see 1block 1b)
: to secure, support, or provide with a block (see 1block 1)
- blocking a plate for printing
: to work out (the principal positions and movements) for the performers (as of a play);
: 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
: to make (two or more lines of writing or type) flush at the left or at both left and right
: to hit (a ball or shot) inaccurately toward the right from a right-handed swing or toward the left from a left-handed swing : push
- … you get excited, don't finish your backswing and block your next drive into the foliage.
- —Thomas Boswell
: to interfere usually legitimately with an opponent : to block an opponent
- needs to practice blocking