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block

Noun

1 a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
2 a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block" [syn: city block]
3 a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides [syn: cube]
4 a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit; "he reserved a large block of seats"; "he held a large block of the company's stock"
5 housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
6 (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted; "since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably"
7 an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension; "I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block" [syn: mental block]
8 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 [syn: pulley, pulley-block]
9 a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked" [syn: engine block, cylinder block]
10 an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe" [syn: blockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage]
11 a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block" [syn: auction block]
12 (American football) the act of obstructing someone's path with your body; "he threw a rolling block into the line backer" [syn: blocking, interference]

Verb

1 render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: barricade, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar]
2 hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn" [syn: obstruct, blockade, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass]
3 stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process" [syn: stop, halt, kibosh]
4 interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station" [syn: jam]
5 run on a block system; "block trains"
6 interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; "block a nerve"; "block a muscle"
7 shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight; "The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"; "The trees obstruct my view of the mountains" [syn: obstruct]
8 stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; "block the book cover"
9 obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked" [syn: stuff, lug, choke up] [ant: unstuff]
10 block passage through; "obstruct the path" [syn: obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, close up] [ant: free]
11 support, secure, or raise with a block; "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car"
12 impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack" [syn: parry, deflect]
13 be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!" [syn: forget, blank out, draw a blank] [ant: remember]
14 shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment"
15 shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
16 prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government" [syn: freeze, immobilize, immobilise] [ant: unblock, unblock]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Block

English

Pronunciation

  • /blɒk/, /blQk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒk
  • Homophones: bloc

Noun

  1. A substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.
    A block of ice.
    A block of stone.
  2. A cuboid of wood, plastic or other material used as a base on which to cut something.
    Anne Boleyn placed her head on the block and awaited her execution.
  3. A group of urban lots of property, several acres in extent, not crossed by public streets
    I'm going for a walk around the block.
  4. A group of buildings in a city or town, demarcated by streets.
    A block of flats.
  5. The distance from one street to another in a city that is built (approximately) to a grid pattern.
    The place you are looking for is two long blocks east and one short block north.
  6. The human head.
    I'll knock your block off.
  7. A set of sheets (of paper) joined together at one end.
    A block of 100 tickets.
  8. A logical data storage unit containing one ore more physical sectors (see cluster).
  9. In the context of "rigging": A case with one or more sheaves/pulleys, used with ropes to increase or redirect force, for example, as part of the rigging of a sailing ship.
  10. A portion of a macromolecule, comprising many units, that has at least one feature not present in adjacent portions.
  11. Something that prevents something from passing (see blockage).
    There's a block in the pipe that means the water can't get through.
  12. An action to interfere with the movement of an opposing player or of the object of play (ball, puck).
  13. A shot played by holding he bat vertically in the path of the ball, so that it loses momentum and drops to the ground.
  14. A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter’s court.

Related terms

Translations

a cuboid piece
  • Catalan: cub , bloc
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 積木, 積木 (jī mù)
  • Dutch: blok
  • Finnish: kuutio, järkäle, lohkare
  • French: bloc
  • German: Block, Klotz
  • Hebrew: גוש (gush)
  • Italian: blocco, cubo
  • Polish: blok
  • Portuguese: Bloco
  • Spanish: bloque
  • Swedish: block , kloss
a group of buildings demarcated by streets
the distance from one street to another
a base for cutting
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 砧板, 砧板 (zhēn bǎn)
  • Dutch: blok
  • Finnish: pölkky
  • French: billot
  • German: Block, Klotz
  • Italian: ceppo
  • Swedish: kubbe , huggkubbe
a set of paper sheets
  • Chinese tradtional/simplified: 一批, 一批 (yì pī)
  • Dutch: blok
  • Finnish: vihko
  • French: bloc
  • German: Block
  • Italian: blochetto
  • Spanish: block
  • Swedish: block
data storage unit
  • Czech: blok
  • French: bloc
  • German: Block
  • Swedish: block
something that prevents passing
certain cricket shot
part of a ship's rigging
portion of macromolecule
volleyball
head
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: , (tóu)
  • Dutch: kop
  • Finnish: nuppi
  • French: tête, tronche, ciboulot
  • Swedish: skalle, knopp

Verb

  1. To fill (something) so that it is not possible to pass.
    The pipe is blocked.
  2. To prevent (something or someone) from passing.
    You're blocking the road - I can't get through.
  3. To prevent (something from happening or someone from doing something).
    His plan to take over the business was blocked by the boss.
  4. The act of impeding an opponent in sports.
    He blocked the basketball player's shot.
    The offensive linemen tried to block the blitz.
  5. transitive theater To specify the positions and movements of the actors.
    It was very difficult to block this scene convincingly.
  6. transitive Cricket To hit with a block.
  7. intransitive Cricket To play a block shot.
  8. To not answer a person in the phone.
    ''I'm calling you but you're blocking me!

Translations

to fill
to prevent passing
to prevent an action
impeding action
to specify positions and movements of actors
to use the cricket shot block
to not answer a person by the phone
  • Hebrew: לסנן [lesanen], לחסום [laHsom]

Related terms

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

block

Extensive Definition

Block may refer to:
Objects that resemble rectangular prisms, known as cuboids:
  • A large concrete or stone brick
  • Block (sailing), a single or multiple pulley used on sailboats
  • Cylinder block, the main part of an internal combustion engine
  • Toy block, one of a set of wooden or plastic pieces of various shapes
An area of land:
In science:
In sports:
In technology:
In mathematics:
In music:
Block may also refer to:

See also

block in German: Block
block in Spanish: Bloque
block in French: Block
block in Dutch: Blok
block in Russian: Блок
block in Finnish: Blokki

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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