- The definition of a block is a square piece of material that usually has flat surfaces that may be used for building things, as a child's toy, or as a work surface.
- An example of a block is a large piece of wood that is square in shape.
- An example of a block is a child's four-sided toy that he can stack up or use to build things.
- An example of a block is a piece of wood or work surface on which you chop up food.
- A block is defined as an area of four streets that goes in a square, or a single street within an area of four streets, or the length of one of those streets.
- An example of a block is the four streets that go in a square around your house.
- An example of a block is the street your house is located on.
- An example of a block is the distance you need to walk to get from your street to the next street over.
- To block means to prevent something from happening or to make forward movement impossible.
- An example of block is when you cut the funding for a program, preventing it from going forward.
- An example of block is when you stand in a person's way so he cannot move forward.
A child playing with wooden blocks.
block definition by Webster's New World
- any large, solid piece of wood, stone, or metal, often with flat surfaces
- a blocklike stand or platform on which hammering, chopping, etc. is done: a butcher's block, headsman's block
- ☆ an auctioneer's platform
- a mold upon which things are shaped, as hats
- the shape of a hat
- anything that stops movement or progress; obstruction, obstacle, or hindrance
- a pulley or system of pulleys in a frame, with a hook, loop, etc. for attachment
- any solid piece of material used to strengthen or support
- an oblong building unit of concrete, larger than a brick and usually not solidin full concrete block
- a similar unit of glass or other material
- such units collectively
- an oblong building unit of concrete, larger than a brick and usually not solid
- a toy brick, typically cubic, of wood or plastic
- ☆ Now Brit. a large building with many units in it, or a group of buildings regarded as a unit
- an area bounded by streets or buildings on four sides; city square
- the distance along one side of such an area
- any number of persons or things regarded as a unit: a block of tickets
- the metal casting that houses the cylinders of an internal-combustion engine; engine block
- Slang a person's head
- Comput. a unit of memory, consisting of one or more contiguous words, bytes, or records
- an interruption of normal function in a part of the body: heart block, kidney block
- an interruption of the passage of impulses through a nerve by means of pressure or anesthetics
- Printing a piece of wood, linoleum, etc. engraved with a design or picture
- Psychiatry a sudden interruption in speech or thought processes, resulting from deep emotional conflict, repression, etc.
- Railroading a length of track governed by signals
- ☆ Sports an interruption, restraining, or thwarting of an opponent's play or movement
- Philately a set of four or more unseparated stamps forming a rectangle
- Track & Field starting blocks
Origin: Middle English blokke ; from Old French bloc and amp; Middle Dutch block ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhlugo- ; from base an unverified form bhel-, a thick plank, beam from source balk, Classical Greek phalanx, Classical Latin fulcrum
- to impede the passage or progress of; obstruct
- to blockade
- to create difficulties for; stand in the way of; hinder
- to shape or mold on or as on a block
- to stamp with a block
- to form into blocks
- to strengthen or support with blocks
- to restrict or prohibit the use, conversion, or flow of (currency, assets, etc.)
- to sketch or outline with little or no detail: often with out
- Games, Sports to hinder (an opponent or his play), whether legally or as a foul
- Med. to prevent the transmission of impulses in (a nerve), esp. by anesthetizing
- Theater to plan or direct (the movements on stage of actors)
Origin: Fr bloquer < the n.
- to have a mental block (on)
- ☆ Sports to block an opponent
- made or formed in a block or blocks: block coal
- set out like or involving a city block
- Stenography having no indentation in address, heading, or paragraphs
Origin: after Adriaen Block, 17th-c. Dutch navigator who explored it
block definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A solid piece of a hard substance, such as wood, having one or more flat sides.b. Such a piece used as a construction member or as a support.c. Such a piece upon which chopping or cutting is done: a butcher's block.d. Such a piece upon which persons are beheaded.e. One of a set of small wooden or plastic pieces, such as a cube, bar, or cylinder, used as a building toy.f. Printing A large amount of text.g. Sports A starting block.
- A stand from which articles are displayed and sold at an auction: Many priceless antiques went on the block.
- A mold or form on which an item is shaped or displayed: a hat block.
- A substance, such as wood or stone, that has been prepared for engraving.
- a. A pulley or a system of pulleys set in a casing.b. An engine block.
- A bloc.
- A set of like items, such as shares of stock, sold or handled as a unit.
- A group of four or more unseparated postage stamps forming a rectangle.
- Canadian A group of townships in an unsurveyed area.
- a. A usually rectangular section of a city or town bounded on each side by consecutive streets.b. A segment of a street bounded by consecutive cross streets and including its buildings and inhabitants.
- A large building divided into separate units, such as apartments.
- A length of railroad track controlled by signals.
- The act of obstructing.
- Something that obstructs; an obstacle.
- a. Sports An act of bodily obstruction, as of a player or ball.b. Football Legal interference with an opposing player to clear the path of the ball carrier.
- Medicine Interruption or obstruction of a physiological function: nerve block.
- Psychology A sudden cessation of speech or a thought process without an immediate observable cause, sometimes considered a consequence of repression. Also called mental block.
- Slang The human head: threatened to knock my block off.
- A blockhead.
- To shape into a block or blocks.
- To support, strengthen, or retain in place by means of a block.
- To shape, mold, or form with or on a block: block a hat.
- a. To stop or impede the passage of or movement through; obstruct: block traffic.b. To shut out from view: a curtain blocking the stage.c. To stop the passage of (a motion or bill) in a legislative assembly.
- To indicate broadly without great detail; sketch. Often used with out: block out a plan of action; block out stage movements.
- Sports To impede the movement of (an opponent or the ball) by physical interference.
- Medicine To interrupt or obstruct the proper functioning of (a physiological process), especially by the use of drugs.
- Psychology To fail to remember.
- To run (trains) on a block system.
- Sports To obstruct the movement of an opponent.
- To suffer a mental block. Often used with on: I blocked on his name.
Origin: Middle English blok, from Old French bloc, from Middle Dutch.
- blockˈer noun
, Herbert Lawrence Known as Her·block 1909-2001.
block - Business Definition
block - Computer Definition
(1) A group of disk or tape records that is stored and transferred as a single unit. On a CD, a block consists of 98 frames of 33 bytes for a total of 3,234 bytes, or 1/75th of a second. See block level.
(2) A group of bits or bytes that is transmitted or processed as a single unit.
(3) A group of text characters that has been marked for moving, copying, saving or other operation.
(4) A rectangular group of pixels that are processed as a unit.
(5) A group of program statements that are treated as a unit based on the results of a comparison.
block - Investment & Finance Definition
block - Medical Definition
- Interruption, especially obstruction, of a normal physiological function.
- Interruption, complete or partial, permanent or temporary, of the passage of a nervous impulse.
- Atrioventricular block.
- Sudden cessation of speech or a thought process without an immediate observable cause, sometimes considered a consequence of repression.
- blockage noun
block - Phrases/Idioms
- to fill in (a passage, space, etc.) so as to obstruct
- to elevate on blocks
go to the block
- to be beheaded
- to be up for sale in an auction
knock someone's block off
on the blockâ
go on the block
out of the blocks
put on the block