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.
Many priceless antiques went on the block.
The disabled car formed a block in traffic.
- An act of bodily obstruction, as of a player or the ball.
- An act of legally using one's body to obstruct or move a defensive player so that a player in possession of the ball may advance downfield, pass, or otherwise execute an offensive play.
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 hat block.
Threatened to knock my block off.
I blocked on his name.
A butcher's block, headsman's block.
A block of tickets.
To block a linebacker, to block a shot.
A block of ice.
A block of stone.
Anne Boleyn placed her head on the block and awaited her execution.
I'm going for a walk around the block.
A block of flats.
A block of 100 tickets.
The pipe is blocked.
You're blocking the road – I can't get through.
His plan to take over the business was blocked by the boss.
He blocked the basketball player's shot.
The offensive linemen tried to block the blitz.
It was very difficult to block this scene convincingly.
I tried to send you a message, but you've blocked me!
When the condition expression is false, the thread blocks on the condition variable.
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.
Block a hat.
Block out a plan of action; block out stage movements.
- To be offered for sale.
- 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.
- To offer for sale.
- To fill in (a passage, space, etc.) so as to obstruct.
- To elevate on blocks.
- To be beheaded.
- To be up for sale in an auction.
- To have acquired much practical experience; specif., to be streetwise or sexually experienced.
- To give a beating to.
- Up for sale or auction.
- Beginning or emerging, esp. in a competitive situation.A company that is the first out of the blocks with a new technology.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of block
- Middle English blok from Old French bloc from Middle Dutch
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.