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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