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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Examples of building block in a Sentence

historically the infantry division has been a basic building block of armies
Recent Examples on the Web When brainstorming in person, use one flip chart for each building block and have everyone walk around and contribute ideas. Gabriella Goddard, Forbes, "Three Divergent Thinking Techniques To Fuel Creativity In Teams," 12 Apr. 2021 At stake is the future of one main building block of Europe’s vaccine push, where AstraZeneca was due to account for about a fifth of all doses in the second quarter. John Follain, Fortune, "European health ministers to discuss AstraZeneca vaccine after several countries halt roll out," 16 Mar. 2021 The past Fuel teams weren’t as close as this one, and Yun is looking to that as a building block. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Lone Star Showdown: Dallas Fuel, Houston Outlaws have much to gain in the Overwatch League’s season opener," 15 Apr. 2021 Nurkic emerged as a true building block in 2017–18 and 2018–19, providing a true interior presence for an often diminutive rotation. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "NBA power rankings: Portland Trail Blazers entrenched in top 10," 7 Apr. 2021 Some early command issues elevated his pitch count to the point where he was removed in the sixth inning after 89 pitches, but Eovaldi viewed the outing as a solid building block for 2021., "Nate Eovaldi able to split opener result from productive afternoon," 2 Apr. 2021 Indeed, advocates see these cash experiments as a building block toward a federal guarantee of a basic income for all, or at least all who manifestly need it. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why cities are experimenting with giving people cash payments," 2 Apr. 2021 That company later re-launched as the full-service partnership GRNDVW, which serves as the building block for the new venture. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Driift Hires COO, New Head of Streaming at Atlantic," 11 Mar. 2021 But the grid is still only in two dimensions, or in three with only one kind of building block. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "Watch artificial intelligence grow a walking caterpillar in Minecraft," 26 Mar. 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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2 May 2021

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“Building block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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