cinder block


Definition of cinder block

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

Examples of cinder block in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s a cinder block warehouse on the edge of an obscure town called Salemi, but whatever. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "The East Village, Home of Punks and Poets: Here’s a Tour," 15 Oct. 2020 Well, the neighbor behind us had a U-Haul trailer up on car jacks and loaded with cinder block. Eddie Van Halen, Popular Mechanics, "How the Late Rock God Eddie Van Halen Hacked His Guitar," 6 Oct. 2020 By the toilet, on cinder block-and-board shelves, were stacks and stacks of magazines, New Yorkers, mostly. Elizabeth Isadora Gold, Longreads, "Find Yourself," 2 Oct. 2020 My parents, Robert and Rufer, built with their own hands a four-room cinder block home with no indoor plumbing. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Democrat Vernon Jones slams his own party as 'infected' with 'intolerance, bigotry, socialism, anti-law enforcement bias'," 25 Aug. 2020 In their place rose towering apartment buildings made of concrete, cinder block, asphalt, drywall, and asbestos, with most rooms facing the sun at peak periods with porous insulation. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "In superheated Arab world, there are AC haves and have-nots," 11 Sep. 2020 Soon, steam from the pressure cookers gathered on the ceiling and fogged the studio windows of this cinder block building, a former schoolroom and occasional garage for the county fire truck. Shane Mitchell, Saveur, "Preserving Tradition: Inside One of Appalachia’s Last Communal Canneries," 21 Feb. 2018 Developers often had free reign to build freeways and high rise complexes in these areas—made of cinder block, concrete, asphalt, and brick, which retain heat—and neglected to include parks or other green spaces. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Black mothers face high death rates. Now they have to contend with climate change, too.," 4 Aug. 2020 At one point, Denny was hit on the head with a cinder block. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Amid protests, truckers determined not to become the next Reginald Denny," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of cinder block

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cinder block was in 1922

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23 Oct 2020

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“Cinder block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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