cinder block


Definition of cinder block

: a hollow rectangular building block made of cement and coal cinders

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We were separated by feet of cinder block walls or inches of Plexiglas. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Penn Badgley Is Teaming Up With the Tahirih Justice Center to Help Vilma Carrillo, an Immigrant Mom Separated From Her Daughter," 21 Dec. 2018 The next day the Yukon was gone, and cinder blocks from a retaining wall were scattered about the driveway, hinting at a hasty departure. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 2018 Over the years, the handsome building’s windows had been filled with cinder blocks and the interior stripped of its original detail. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Inside Shinola's First Hotel in Detroit," 22 Sep. 2018 The men were beaten with a wooden table leg, cinder blocks, and other objects, police said. Washington Post, "Killing renews concerns for homeless Native Americans," 20 Apr. 2018 The walls are constructed of cinder blocks, steel and concrete. Nabih Bulos,, "Tuz Khurmatu is Iraq's city of walls. Is it a sign of the country's future?," 11 Mar. 2018 Portions of the hotel’s roof collapsed and cinder blocks that are part of the hotel began to crumble. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Florence Drenches North Carolina, Leaving Five Dead and Causing Widespread Outages," 14 Sep. 2018 This Edgewood neighborhood hangout is hipster heaven, with concrete floors, vintage Persian rugs, whitewashed cinder block walls, and ample sunlight. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta," 22 Aug. 2018 In two weeks, this thin barley broth, called wort, will ferment into beer, be transferred to kegs, and poured from the taps on the other side of the cinder block wall. Lara Korte, WSJ, "New York Sees Boom in Craft Breweries, With More on Tap," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of cinder block

1922, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cinder block

US : a block that is made of cement and coal cinders and that is used in building

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