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Meaning & Definition of Block in English

English

Block

/blɑk/

noun

1. A solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

  • "The pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
    synonym:
  • block

2. A rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings

  • "He lives in the next block"
    synonym:
  • block
  • ,
  • city block

3. A three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides

    synonym:
  • block
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • block

5. Housing in a large building that is divided into separate units

  • "There is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
    synonym:
  • block

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"
    synonym:
  • block

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"
    synonym:
  • block
  • ,
  • 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

    synonym:
  • pulley
  • ,
  • pulley-block
  • ,
  • pulley block
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • engine block
  • ,
  • cylinder block
  • ,
  • block

10. An obstruction in a pipe or tube

  • "We had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
    synonym:
  • blockage
  • ,
  • block
  • ,
  • closure
  • ,
  • occlusion
  • ,
  • stop
  • ,
  • stoppage

11. A platform from which an auctioneer sells

  • "They put their paintings on the block"
    synonym:
  • auction block
  • ,
  • block

12. The act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements

    synonym:
  • blocking
  • ,
  • block

verb

1. Render unsuitable for passage

  • "Block the way"
  • "Barricade the streets"
  • "Stop the busy road"
    synonym:
  • barricade
  • ,
  • block
  • ,
  • blockade
  • ,
  • stop
  • ,
  • block off
  • ,
  • block up
  • ,
  • bar

2. Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

  • "His brother blocked him at every turn"
    synonym:
  • obstruct
  • ,
  • blockade
  • ,
  • block
  • ,
  • hinder
  • ,
  • stymie
  • ,
  • stymy
  • ,
  • embarrass

3. Stop from happening or developing

  • "Block his election"
  • "Halt the process"
    synonym:
  • stop
  • ,
  • halt
  • ,
  • block
  • ,
  • kibosh

4. Interfere with or prevent the reception of signals

  • "Jam the voice of america"
  • "Block the signals emitted by this station"
    synonym:
  • jam
  • ,
  • block

5. Run on a block system

  • "Block trains"
    synonym:
  • block

6. Interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia

  • "Block a nerve"
  • "Block a muscle"
    synonym:
  • block

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"
    synonym:
  • obstruct
  • ,
  • block

8. Stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block

  • "Block the book cover"
    synonym:
  • block

9. Obstruct

  • "My nose is all stuffed"
  • "Her arteries are blocked"
    synonym:
  • stuff
  • ,
  • lug
  • ,
  • choke up
  • ,
  • block

10. Block passage through

  • "Obstruct the path"
    synonym:
  • obstruct
  • ,
  • obturate
  • ,
  • impede
  • ,
  • occlude
  • ,
  • jam
  • ,
  • block
  • ,
  • close up

11. Support, secure, or raise with a block

  • "Block a plate for printing"
  • "Block the wheels of a car"
    synonym:
  • block

12. Impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

  • "Block an attack"
    synonym:
  • parry
  • ,
  • block
  • ,
  • deflect

13. Be unable to remember

  • "I'm drawing a blank"
  • "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
    synonym:
  • forget
  • ,
  • block
  • ,
  • blank out
  • ,
  • draw a blank

14. Shape by using a block

  • "Block a hat"
  • "Block a garment"
    synonym:
  • block

15. Shape into a block or blocks

  • "Block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
    synonym:
  • block

16. Prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

  • "Blocked funds"
  • "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
    synonym:
  • freeze
  • ,
  • block
  • ,
  • immobilize
  • ,
  • immobilise

Examples of using

People were lined up around the block waiting for the theater to open.
Do not block any ventilation openings.
He broke up the concrete block with a hammer.