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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Synonyms & Antonyms for building block

Synonyms

component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient, member

Antonyms

whole

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Examples of building block in a Sentence

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

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However, many believe that Mueller is using these indictments essentially as building blocks for his larger case on that central matter. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Paul Manafort’s flip is a major turning point in the Mueller investigation," 14 Sep. 2018 With building blocks around every corner, there are lampposts shaped like Tinkertoys and benches built from Lincoln Logs and K’nex pieces. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Everything you need to know about Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios," 29 June 2018 Soy and coconut aminos include building blocks like tryptophan and arginine that are essential to the formation of muscles and that supposedly remove toxins from our bodies. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appetit, "The Mysterious Hippie Food Brand That's Never Let Me Down," 27 June 2018 Those two figure to be building blocks for the program. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten power rankings: Why Michigan State is better than Michigan," 27 June 2018 Finding a permanent arena at Belmont Park and ownership hiring three-time Cup-winning Lamoriello were seen as building blocks to trying to re-sign Tavares. Stephen Whyno, chicagotribune.com, "Islanders hire Stanley Cup-winner Barry Trotz as coach," 21 June 2018 The scientists found that a proton’s building block, known as a quark, faces a pressure of 100 decillion Pascal near the center of a proton. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Pressures Inside a Proton Are More Extreme Than Inside a Neutron Star," 17 May 2018 Portugal uses couples as building blocks for his designs. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "REVIEW: Don't dawdle at 'Spring Works' intermission or you'll miss some of the heat ... | Charlotte Observer," 26 Apr. 2018 This fluid holds heavy water, whose hydrogen atoms have a neutron along with a proton, as well as two molecules that serve as building blocks for proteins and whose nitrogen atoms hold an extra neutron. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "A search for some of Earth’s most extreme creatures in the West Coast's deepest underwater canyon," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of building block

1756, in the meaning defined above

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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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