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block

noun (n)

  • a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides) (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    The pyramids were built with large stone blocks.
    source: wordnet30
  • a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings (noun.location)
    Synonym: city block
    Example:
    He lives in the next block.
    source: wordnet30
  • a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides (noun.shape)
    Synonym: cube
    source: wordnet30
  • a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit (noun.group)
    Example:
    He reserved a large block of seats.
    He held a large block of the company's stock.
    source: wordnet30
  • housing in a large building that is divided into separate units (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    There is a block of classrooms in the west wing.
    source: wordnet30
  • (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted (noun.quantity)
    Example:
    Since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably.
    source: wordnet30
  • an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: mental block
    Example:
    I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block.
    source: wordnet30
  • a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    The engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked.
    source: wordnet30
  • an obstruction in a pipe or tube (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    We had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe.
    source: wordnet30
  • a platform from which an auctioneer sells (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: auction block
    Example:
    They put their paintings on the block.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements (noun.act)
    Synonym: blocking
    source: wordnet30
  • A piece of wood more or less bulky; a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more plane, or approximately plane, faces; as, a block on which a butcher chops his meat; a block by which to mount a horse; children's playing blocks, etc. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • In Australia, one of the large lots into which public land, when opened to settlers, is divided by the government surveyors. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • render unsuitable for passage (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Block the way.
    source: wordnet30
  • hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of (verb.social)
    Example:
    His brother blocked him at every turn.
    source: wordnet30
  • stop from happening or developing (verb.social)
    Synonym: halt, kibosh, stop
    Example:
    Block his election.
    source: wordnet30
  • interfere with or prevent the reception of signals (verb.communication)
    Synonym: jam
    Example:
    Block the signals emitted by this station.
    source: wordnet30
  • run on a block system (verb.social)
    Example:
    Block trains.
    source: wordnet30
  • interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia (verb.perception)
    Example:
    Block a nerve.
    Block a muscle.
    source: wordnet30
  • shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight (verb.perception)
    Synonym: obstruct
    Example:
    The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage.
    source: wordnet30
  • stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Block the book cover.
    source: wordnet30
  • obstruct (verb.contact)
    Synonym: choke up, lug, stuff
    Antonym: loosen up, unstuff
    Example:
    Her arteries are blocked.
    source: wordnet30
  • block passage through (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • support, secure, or raise with a block (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Block a plate for printing.
    Block the wheels of a car.
    source: wordnet30
  • impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball) (verb.competition)
    Synonym: deflect, parry
    Example:
    Block an attack.
    source: wordnet30
  • be unable to remember (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    You are blocking the name of your first wife!.
    source: wordnet30
  • shape by using a block (verb.change)
    Example:
    Block a hat.
    Block a garment.
    source: wordnet30
  • shape into a block or blocks (verb.change)
    Example:
    Block the graphs so one can see the results clearly.
    source: wordnet30
  • prohibit the conversion or use of (assets) (verb.change)
    Example:
    Blocked funds.
    source: wordnet30
  • To obstruct so as to prevent passage or progress; to prevent passage from, through, or into, by obstructing the way; -- used both of persons and things; -- often followed by up; as, to block up a road or harbor. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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