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    block - Dictionary definition and meaning for word block

    Definition
    (noun) a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
    Example Sentence
    • the pyramids were built with large stone blocks
    Definition
    (noun) a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
    Synonyms : city block
    Example Sentence
    • he lives in the next block
    Definition
    (noun) a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
    Synonyms : cube
    Definition
    (noun) a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit
    Example Sentence
    • he reserved a large block of seats
    • he held a large block of the company's stock
    Definition
    (noun) housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
    Example Sentence
    • there is a block of classrooms in the west wing
    Definition
    (noun) (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted
    Example Sentence
    • since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably
    Definition
    (noun) an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension
    Synonyms : mental block
    Example Sentence
    • I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block
    Definition
    (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 Definition
    (noun) a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
    Example Sentence
    • the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked
    Definition
    (noun) an obstruction in a pipe or tube
    Synonyms : blockage , closure , occlusion , stop , stoppage
    Example Sentence
    • we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe
    Definition
    (noun) a platform from which an auctioneer sells
    Synonyms : auction block
    Example Sentence
    • they put their paintings on the block
    Definition
    (noun) the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
    Synonyms : blocking
    Definition
    (verb) render unsuitable for passage
    Synonyms : bar , barricade , block off , block up , blockade , stop
    Example Sentence
    • block the way
    • barricade the streets
    • stop the busy road
    Definition
    (verb) hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    Synonyms : blockade , embarrass , hinder , obstruct , stymie , stymy
    Example Sentence
    • His brother blocked him at every turn
    Definition
    (verb) stop from happening or developing
    Synonyms : halt , kibosh , stop
    Example Sentence
    • Block his election
    • Halt the process
    Definition
    (verb) interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
    Synonyms : jam
    Example Sentence
    • Jam the Voice of America
    • block the signals emitted by this station
    Definition
    (verb) run on a block system
    Example Sentence
    • block trains
    Definition
    (verb) interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
    Example Sentence
    • block a nerve
    • block a muscle
    Definition
    (verb) shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
    Synonyms : obstruct
    Example Sentence
    • The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage
    • The trees obstruct my view of the mountains
    Definition
    (verb) stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
    Example Sentence
    • block the book cover
    Definition
    (verb) obstruct
    Synonyms : choke up , lug , stuff
    Example Sentence
    • My nose is all stuffed
    • Her arteries are blocked
    Definition
    (verb) block passage through
    Synonyms : close up , impede , jam , obstruct , obturate , occlude
    Example Sentence
    • obstruct the path
    Definition
    (verb) support, secure, or raise with a block
    Example Sentence
    • block a plate for printing
    • block the wheels of a car
    Definition
    (verb) impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
    Synonyms : deflect , parry
    Example Sentence
    • block an attack
    Definition
    (verb) be unable to remember
    Synonyms : blank out , draw a blank , forget
    Example Sentence
    • I'm drawing a blank
    • You are blocking the name of your first wife!
    Definition
    (verb) shape by using a block
    Example Sentence
    • Block a hat
    • block a garment
    Definition
    (verb) shape into a block or blocks
    Example Sentence
    • block the graphs so one can see the results clearly
    Definition
    (verb) prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
    Synonyms : freeze , immobilise , immobilize
    Example Sentence
    • Blocked funds
    • Freeze the assets of this hostile government
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