Block Definition

blŏk
blocked, blocking, blocks
noun
blocks
Any large, solid piece of wood, stone, or metal, often with flat surfaces.
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A blocklike stand or platform on which hammering, chopping, etc. is done.
A butcher's block, headsman's block.
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An auctioneer's platform.
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Such a piece upon which persons are beheaded.
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Any solid piece of material used to strengthen or support.
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Antonyms:
opening
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verb
blocked, blocking, blocks
To impede the passage or progress of; obstruct.
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To blockade.
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To prevent from happening, succeeding, or progressing.
Blocked every attempt to reform the rules.
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To block an opponent.
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To create difficulties for; stand in the way of; hinder.
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adjective
Made or formed in a block or blocks.
Block coal.
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Set out like or involving a city block.
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Having no indentation in address, heading, or paragraphs.
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idiom
go on the block
  • To be offered for sale.
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out of the blocks
  • From a starting position, as in a race or contest:

    The company has in the past been slow out of the blocks to adapt to consumer tastes.

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put on the block
  • To offer for sale.
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block up
  • to fill in (a passage, space, etc.) so as to obstruct
  • to elevate on blocks
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go to the block
  • to be beheaded
  • to be up for sale in an auction
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Other Word Forms of Block

Noun

Singular:
block
Plural:
blocks

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Block

Origin of Block

  • From Middle English blok (“log, stump, solid piece”), from Old French bloc (“log, block”), from Middle Dutch blok (“treetrunk”), from Old Saxon *blok (“log”), from Proto-Germanic *blukką (“beam, log”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhulg'-, from *bhelg'- (“thick plank, beam, pile, prop”). Cognate with Old High German bloh, bloc (German Block, “block”), Old English bolca (“gangway of a ship, plank”), Old Norse bǫlkr (Norwegian bolk, “divider, partition”). More at balk.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English blok from Old French bloc from Middle Dutch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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