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Definitions of block:
  • noun:   a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
    Example: "The pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
  • noun:   housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
    Example: "There is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
  • noun:   an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension
    Example: "I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block"
  • noun:   a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit
    Example: "He reserved a large block of seats"
  • noun:   a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
    Example: "He lives in the next block"
  • noun:   (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted
    Example: "Since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably"
  • noun:   a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
  • noun:   (American football) the act of obstructing someone's path with your body
    Example: "He threw a rolling block into the line backer"
  • noun:   a platform from which an auctioneer sells
    Example: "They put their paintings on the block"
  • noun:   an obstruction in a pipe or tube
    Example: "We had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
  • noun:   a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
    Example: "The engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
  • noun:   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
  • verb:   interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
    Example: "Block a nerve"
  • verb:   run on a block system
    Example: "Block trains"
  • verb:   shape into a block or blocks
    Example: "Block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
  • verb:   shape by using a block
    Example: "Block a hat"
  • verb:   support, secure, or raise with a block
    Example: "Block a plate for printing"
  • verb:   stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
    Example: "Block the book cover"
  • verb:   shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
    Example: "The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"
  • verb:   prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
    Example: "Blocked funds"
  • verb:   be unable to remember
    Example: "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
  • verb:   interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
    Example: "Block the signals emitted by this station"
  • verb:   impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
    Example: "Block an attack"
  • verb:   render unsuitable for passage
    Example: "Block the way"
  • verb:   hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    Example: "His brother blocked him at every turn"
  • verb:   stop from happening or developing
    Example: "Block his election"
  • verb:   obstruct
    Example: "Her arteries are blocked"
  • verb:   block passage through
  • name:  A surname (common: 1 in 14285 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #1756)

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