woodblock

noun
wood·​block | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌbläk How to pronounce woodblock (audio) \

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wood-block adjective

Examples of woodblock in a Sentence

She made a woodblock print.

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After seeing an exhibit of Japanese woodblock prints, Chéret adopted some of the artists’ approaches to depth and perspective. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019 The show represents a wide array of styles and media showcasing the expressiveness of faces and bodies in graphite, photography, woodblock, and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 28 June 2019 The paintings have the look of liquefied woodblock prints, firm and flowing at once. Nina Maclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "Poetic comics, an arresting debut, and lines from a local lawmaker," 27 June 2019 The 12 zodiac animals are introduced in a series of large woodblock prints, as well as in a single 15/8 -inch densely inhabited netsuke, and an ingenious print of a unique creature combining the features of all 12. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘The Life of Animals in Japanese Art’ Review: From Adorable to Fearsome," 25 June 2019 The show represents a wide array of styles and media showcasing the expressiveness of faces and bodies in graphite, photography, woodblock, and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 23 June 2019 The show represents a wide array of styles and media showcasing the expressiveness of faces and bodies in graphite, photography, woodblock, and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 10 June 2019 On Sunday, June 16, there will be a Father’s Day block printing session, a traditional Japanese style of printing on woodblocks in which attendees can print Father’s Day cards in this unique style. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Go fly (and make) a kite for Father’s Day weekend at Morikami Museum," 3 June 2019 The woodblock print depicts a giant wave crashing into a trio of boats off the coast of Kanagawa, but there’s been a lot of debate over the years as to what kind of wave exactly is depicted in the piece. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Made a Wave in a Lab That Looks Almost Exactly Like a Famous Artwork," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of woodblock

1837, in the meaning defined above

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woodblock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of woodblock

: a piece of wood that has a design cut into it and that is used for printing

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