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

historically the infantry division has been a basic building block of armies
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Word History

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of building block was in 1756

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Cite this Entry

“Building block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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building block

: a unit of construction or composition
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