building block


Definition of building block

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

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historically the infantry division has been a basic building block of armies
Recent Examples on the Web Seamless payments as a fundamental building block of the emerging web will support a creative economy that's more diverse and less monopolistic than today's. Samir Patil, Fortune, "How a ‘creator economy’ could help writers and artists triumph over Facebook and Google," 25 June 2020 In fact, empathy is a fundamental building block for conflict resolution and understanding and bonding with others. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Empathy is both a trait and a skill. Here's how to strengthen it," 24 June 2020 But according to league sources, some Warriors decision-makers believe that Bey is an NBA-ready wing with a chance to become a franchise building block. Connor Letourneau,, "Six potential sleepers for the Warriors in a critical NBA draft," 13 June 2020 Whether your kids are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks or even inventing their own games, here are a few things to think about to help them stay safer and have a blast. Maggie Rauser,, "Safe Kids Carroll: Toy safety tips for kids and adults," 30 Nov. 2019 Use the experience of past blunders as building blocks to create a successful future. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 17, 2020: Taurus, stay above it all; Scorpio, don’t be a phony," 17 Apr. 2020 With the emergence of Gurianov and Hintz as building blocks for the Stars future, The Dallas Morning News conducted interviews about the 2015 draft and the process leading up to selecting the breakout forwards. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "A deep dive into the 2015 NHL draft that became a cornerstone for the Dallas Stars," 9 Apr. 2020 Although no longer necessary, curing, fermenting, and pickling remain building blocks of flavor in many cuisines, particularly those of Korea, China, and Japan. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, "English chef serves up tart opinions and a meditation on cooking," 27 Mar. 2020 The tough, complex fibers made by fungal mycelia are building blocks of furniture, interior walls, and the innermost layer of the outer shell. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "We're All Going to Live in Mushroom Houses on Mars," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of building block

1756, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Building block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of building block

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

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