cinder block


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The object is expected not to exceed 5 kilograms and be solid like a rock or a cinder block, and may have an irregular shape. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Feb. 2023 Sometime between the evening of Sept. 25 and the evening of Sept. 26, someone threw trash all over the playground at Ogden Avenue Elementary School, at 501 W. Ogden Ave., and damaged a wooden decoration and a cinder block by the garden. Kimberly Fornek,, 5 Oct. 2020 The campus was populated with drab mid-century, utilitarian buildings with lots of flat roofs, faintly green fluorescent lights and cinder block walls. al, 25 Jan. 2023 The two had put clothing and sheets under blankets in their beds to throw off guards making nighttime checks and removed a cinder block to create an opening wide enough to slide through the 5-inch wide window, authorities said. Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune, 18 Dec. 2022 The geometric cinder block walls at the entrance and on the patio, painted orange, offer a pop of color. Dallas News, 3 May 2022 Squatting in the humid heat of one of the Mersa Gawasis caves, Cheryl Wardunwraps a huge chunk of cedar as thick as a cinder block. Andrew Curry, Discover Magazine, 5 Sep. 2011 Behind Dolly Bishop, a vintage clothing store on Eighth Street and North Bishop Arts Avenue, the 11-by-11-foot mural dedicated to the Virgin, a central figure in the Catholic faith, was painted on a cinder block wall. Dallas News, 10 Dec. 2022 In 2019, the owner of the United Gun Shop, in Rockville, erected a cinder block wall for protection after they were hit. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cinder block was in 1922

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Cite this Entry

“Cinder block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

cinder block

: a building block made of cement and coal cinders
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