Definition of "block" [block]

  • A solid piece of a hard substance, such as wood, having one or more flat sides. (noun)
  • Such a piece used as a construction member or as a support. (noun)
  • Such a piece upon which chopping or cutting is done: a butcher's block. (noun)
  • Such a piece upon which persons are beheaded. (noun)
  • One of a set of small wooden or plastic pieces, such as a cube, bar, or cylinder, used as a building toy. (noun)
  • A large solid piece of wood, stone, or other material with flat rectangular sides, as for use in building (noun)

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  • Any large solid piece of wood, stone, etc, usually having at least one face fairly flat (noun)
  • Such a piece on which particular tasks may be done, as chopping, cutting, or beheading (noun)
  • One of a set of wooden or plastic cubes as a child's toy (noun)
  • A form on which things are shaped or displayed (noun)
  • A person's head (esp in the phrase knock someone's block off) (noun)
  • A dull, unemotional, or hardhearted person (noun)
  • A large building of offices, flats, etc (noun)
  • A group of buildings in a city bounded by intersecting streets on each side (noun)
  • The area or distance between such intersecting streets (noun)
  • An area of land for a house, farm, etc (noun)
  • A log, usually a willow, fastened to a timber base and used in a wood-chopping competition (noun)
  • An area of land, esp one to be divided for building or settling (noun)
  • A piece of wood, metal, or other material having an engraved, cast, or carved design in relief, used either for printing or for stamping book covers, etc (noun)
  • A letterpress printing plate, esp one mounted type-high on wood or metal (noun)
  • A casing housing one or more freely rotating pulleys (noun)
  • The act of obstructing or condition of being obstructed, as in sports (noun)
  • An obstruction or hindrance (noun)
  • Interference in the normal physiological functioning of an organ or part (noun)
  • A short interruption of perceptual or thought processes (noun)
  • Obstruction of an opponent in a sport (noun)
  • A section or quantity, as of tickets or shares, handled or considered as a single unit (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A stretch of railway in which only one train may travel at a time (noun)
  • An unseparated group of four or more postage stamps (noun)
  • A pad of paper (noun)
  • A group of words treated as a unit of data on a tape, disk, etc (noun)
  • A mark made near the popping crease by a batsman to indicate his position in relation to the wicket (noun)
  • To shape or form (something) into a block (verb)
  • To fit with or mount on a block (verb)
  • To shape by use of a block (verb)
  • To obstruct (a passage, channel, etc) or prevent or impede the motion or flow of (something or someone) by introducing an obstacle (verb)
  • To impede, retard, or prevent (an action, procedure, etc) (verb)
  • To stamp (a title, design, etc) on (a book cover, etc) by means of a block (see sense 12), esp using gold leaf or other foil (verb)
  • (esp of a government or central bank) to limit the use or conversion of assets or currency (verb)
  • To obstruct or impede movement by (an opponent) (verb)
  • To suffer a psychological block (verb)
  • To interrupt a physiological function, as by use of an anaesthetic (verb)
  • To play (a ball) defensively (verb)

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Use "block" in a sentence
  • "There is a vertical plate called the multiplication table block, or more shortly, the _block_."
  • "Small ray of hope: The Bulldogs don't block that many shots (277th nationally in block%)."
  • "He could have erased the title block and redone only that part, but he insisted on starting over with a new drawing."