wood·block | \ˈwu̇d-ˌbläk \

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wood-block adjective

Examples of woodblock in a Sentence

She made a woodblock print.

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Born in Puerto Rico and based in New York, Negron has long been inspired by the bright colors and sharp lines of comic books and Japanese woodblock prints. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Art includes oil paintings, watercolor paintings, acrylic, woodcuts, batiks, photography, and Japanese woodblock prints. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Library Hosting Reception For Latest Art Show," 21 June 2018 At downtown’s Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, housed in a stunning, early 20th century Georgian Revival structure, works run the gamut from Hudson River School paintings to Japanese woodblock prints. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 Her delicate yet detailed cuttings remind viewers of woodblock prints or etchings. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Made in the South using wood, metal, scissors," 3 Apr. 2018 In a woodblock, once In an early-Netherlandish world, He is shown with a crocodile, a unicorn, and a wobbly man With a tail and prehensile feet. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Giraffe," 14 Mar. 2018 The cross-fertilization of languages, cultures and ideas within the dynasty led to major advances in art and technology, like the invention of everything from gunpowder to woodblock printing. Brook Larmer, New York Times, "South Korea’s Most Dangerous Enemy: Demographics," 20 Feb. 2018 Elsewhere, two artists use black-and-white woodblock prints that impart a graphic, cartoon-like quality to their subjects that also heightens the message. Diane M. Bacha, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Empathy' artists offer chance to consider reality of other people," 1 Feb. 2018 The superimposition of multiple materials complements the ukiyo-e woodblock prints of Hiroshige displayed inside, with their layers of ink printing, each not quite obscuring the one beneath. Nikil Saval, New York Times, "Kengo Kuma’s Architecture of the Future," 15 Feb. 2018

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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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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