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'block' - used as a 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
3. a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
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
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
9. a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked
10. an obstruction in a pipe or tube
11. a platform from which an auctioneer sells
they put their paintings on the block
12. the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements

'block' - used as a verb
13. render unsuitable for passage
block the way
14. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
His brother blocked him at every turn
15. stop from happening or developing
Block his election
16. interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
block the signals emitted by this station
17. run on a block system
block trains
18. interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
block a nerve
block a muscle
19. shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage
20. stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
block the book cover
21. obstruct
Her arteries are blocked
22. block passage through
23. support, secure, or raise with a block
block a plate for printing
block the wheels of a car
24. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
block an attack
25. be unable to remember
You are blocking the name of your first wife!
26. shape by using a block
Block a hat
block a garment
27. shape into a block or blocks
block the graphs so one can see the results clearly
28. prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
Blocked funds

derived forms
1. Block / Plural
2. Block / Past
3. Block / Third Person
4. Block / Present Participle
Variations of 'block'
  • unblock
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    The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination. - Click here to find out.
    Fact of the day
    It took approximately 2.5 million blocks to build the Pyramid of Giza, which is one of the Great Pyramids.