wood·​block ˈwu̇d-ˌbläk How to pronounce woodblock (audio)
wood-block adjective

Examples of woodblock in a Sentence

She made a woodblock print.
Recent Examples on the Web As in her earlier paintings, Kahraman’s semi-autobiographical forms nod to Renaissance figuration, Japanese woodblock prints, and Persian miniatures, but there’s a ferocity to this body of work that feels fresh. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, activities—like a digital imitation of woodblock carving—show how it can be used to make art. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Sep. 2023 Supplementing the huge woodblocks are nearly 100 prints that scale from little to tiny. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 The woodblock prints of José Guadalupe Posada, known for depicting Mexico’s political classes as a funereal parade of skeletons, have become part of global popular culture. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2023 Among the woodblocks are swirling waterscapes, sometimes realistic yet often abstract and psychedelic. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 The composer notably employs a full battery, with special emphasis on the woodblock, which gets a real workout. Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, 13 Nov. 2022 On a visit to Japan, he was introduced to the ukiyo-e, or woodblock prints, of the master artist Hokusai. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 The style of the painting also pays homage to Japanese woodblock portraits, which often depict women in similar poses. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 June 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of woodblock was in 1837

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“Woodblock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodblock. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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