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

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

Examples of woodblock in a Sentence

She made a woodblock print.
Recent Examples on the Web Famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright found the influence of Japanese woodblock prints to be as foundational to his work as Van Gogh did. Justina Blakeney, House Beautiful, 6 Apr. 2021 Traditional British sophistication is offset by flourishes from the diasporic side of her work, such as oxford shirt dashikis and woodblock prints. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, 27 Mar. 2021 Cutting the matrix for a woodblock or linoleum print requires finesse, diligence and calculation. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 In Japan, snow was both subject and symbol in woodblock prints, where the washi paper was sometimes left bare to create a field of white. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2021 Her work has the look of a woodblock print (intentionally) and provide a deep dive into knowing what’s underfoot. Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2020 The pastel one-pieces, neon cardigans, and v-neck swimsuits studded with crystals capture that feeling, as do the pattern-heavy caftans featuring abstract images of flower petals and woodblock prints. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 17 Dec. 2020 Credited with helping to popularize the Japanese and Chinese woodblock print outside of Asia, Lum eventually moved to China for 30 years to live and work. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 May 2020 Many of the woodblock prints were lost or destroyed, as Obata sought to select just one to create his limited edition of 100 prints. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of woodblock

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 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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