Definitions for block

Definitions for (noun) block

Main entry: block, blocking

Definition: the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements

Main entry: auction block, block

Definition: a platform from which an auctioneer sells

Usage: they put their paintings on the block

Main entry: block

Definition: a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

Usage: the pyramids were built with large stone blocks

Main entry: block

Definition: housing in a large building that is divided into separate units

Usage: there is a block of classrooms in the west wing

Main entry: block, blockage, closure, stop, stoppage, occlusion

Definition: an obstruction in a pipe or tube

Usage: we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe

Main entry: engine block, cylinder block, block

Definition: a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine

Usage: the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked

Main entry: pulley, pulley block, pulley-block, block

Definition: 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

Main entry: block, mental block

Definition: an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension

Usage: I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block

Main entry: block

Definition: a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit

Usage: he reserved a large block of seats; he held a large block of the company's stock

Main entry: city block, block

Definition: a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings

Usage: he lives in the next block

Main entry: block

Definition: (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted

Usage: since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably

Main entry: cube, block

Definition: a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides

Definitions for (verb) block

Main entry: immobilise, immobilize, freeze, block

Definition: prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

Usage: Blocked funds; Freeze the assets of this hostile government

Main entry: block

Definition: shape into a block or blocks

Usage: block the graphs so one can see the results clearly

Main entry: block

Definition: shape by using a block

Usage: Block a hat; block a garment

Main entry: blank out, block, draw a blank, forget

Definition: be unable to remember

Usage: I'm drawing a blank; You are blocking the name of your first wife!

Main entry: block, jam

Definition: interfere with or prevent the reception of signals

Usage: Jam the Voice of America; block the signals emitted by this station

Main entry: block, deflect, parry

Definition: impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

Usage: block an attack

Main entry: block

Definition: support, secure, or raise with a block

Usage: block a plate for printing; block the wheels of a car

Main entry: jam, close up, block, impede, obstruct, obturate, occlude

Definition: block passage through

Usage: obstruct the path

Main entry: stop, bar, barricade, block, block off, block up, blockade

Definition: render unsuitable for passage

Usage: block the way; barricade the streets; stop the busy road

Main entry: stuff, choke up, block, lug

Definition: obstruct

Usage: My nose is all stuffed; Her arteries are blocked

Main entry: block

Definition: stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block

Usage: block the book cover

Main entry: obstruct, block

Definition: shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight

Usage: The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage; The trees obstruct my view of the mountains

Main entry: block

Definition: interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia

Usage: block a nerve; block a muscle

Main entry: block

Definition: run on a block system

Usage: block trains

Main entry: stymie, stymy, hinder, obstruct, embarrass, block, blockade

Definition: hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

Usage: His brother blocked him at every turn

Main entry: block, stop, halt, kibosh

Definition: stop from happening or developing

Usage: Block his election; Halt the process

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