building block

noun

Definition of building block

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

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Examples of building block in a Sentence

historically the infantry division has been a basic building block of armies
Recent Examples on the Web On Friday, House Democrats released a plan for spending $547 billion over the next five years on road, mass transit, and rail projects, a blueprint of their priorities and a potential building block for Biden’s broader package. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2021 On Friday, House Democrats released a plan for spending $547 billion over the next five years on road, mass transit and rail projects, a blueprint of their priorities and a potential building block for Biden’s broader package. Lisa Mascaro And Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2021 Facts and figures need to engender absolute trust, and that’s why having a single source of truth (SSOT) is a critical building block for any successful enterprise. Ragu Bhargava, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The Lions could spend a first-round pick on a pass catcher — a receiver or tight end — that would be a long-term building block for this offense. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2021 And hydrogen is a ready building block for many basic chemicals. Michael E. Webber, Scientific American, 15 Mar. 2021 The Ravens’ defensive line overhaul is coming, probably sooner than later, and the 6-2, 307 Tuipulotu would be a fine building block next to up-and-comer Justin Madubuike and veteran Derek Wolfe. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 29 Apr. 2021 The new apportionment figures — which use the decennial head count to allocate representation in the U.S. House of Representatives across the states — are a crucial building block in mapping the country’s political geography. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2021 Kenny Moore remains brilliant, a building block in a critical defensive spot who is under contract for the next three seasons. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of building block

1756, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of building block was in 1756

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“Building block.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/building%20block. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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building block

noun

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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