building block

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of building block

: a unit of construction or composition; especially : something essential on which a larger entity is based

Examples of building block in a Sentence

  1. historically the infantry division has been a basic building block of armies

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First Known Use of building block

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Definition of building block for English Language Learners

  • : an important part that is grouped together with many other similar things to form something larger



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