su·​per·​block ˈsü-pər-ˌbläk How to pronounce superblock (audio)
: a very large commercial or residential block barred to through traffic, crossed by pedestrian walks and sometimes access roads, and often spotted with grassed malls

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Designed by Minoru Yamasaki, they were deemed too big, too fussy in their Gothic-style detailing, too claustrophobic with their thin windows, too anti-urban and un-New York in their superblock plan. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 Iuliano said Phoenix has a superblock structure, where each block between intersections is much larger than a normal city block. Ty Vinson, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 For Oak Cliff’s efforts focus on what the nonprofit calls the superblock of 75216 and its adjacent neighborhoods. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2021 Barcelona has made headlines with its reorganization of some streets into superblocks, creating pedestrian-centric neighborhoods with playgrounds at intersections. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2019 Barcelona has reorganized some streets into superblocks where intersections now serve as playgrounds and cars are pushed to the edges. Andrea Salcedo, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2019 The nearest station to 798 was a few superblocks and about a mile away. Andrew Moore, National Geographic, 17 June 2019 Moreover, the commercial developers who controlled California Plaza, the superblock where the museum is located, didn’t want MOCA’s structural profile interfering with the towers that inhabited the rest of the block. Carolina A. Miranda,, 7 June 2019 The first tower to be rebuilt after the Sept. 11 attacks was the 52-story 7 World Trade Center, located across the street from the superblock that included the Twin Towers. Peter Grant, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of superblock was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Superblock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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