1. [ noun ] a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

"the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"

Related terms: artifact slab cake chopping_block nut type chock anvil cube step swage_block nog ingot domino pad starting_block crosshead briquette
2. [ verb ] render unsuitable for passage
Synonyms: bar barricade block_up block_off stop blockade

"block the way" "barricade the streets" "stop the busy road"

Related terms: obstruct close shut_off plug roadblock blockade blockage
3. [ noun ] a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
Synonyms: city_block

"he lives in the next block"

Related terms: area
4. [ verb ] hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
Synonyms: obstruct hinder stymie stymy embarrass blockade

"His brother blocked him at every turn"

Related terms: prevent hang check stonewall bottleneck filibuster blockage stymie obstructionist obstruction
5. [ verb ] stop from happening or developing
Synonyms: stop halt kibosh

"Block his election" "Halt the process"

Related terms: prevent embargo stay stop blockage
6. [ verb ] interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
Synonyms: jam

"Jam the Voice of America" "block the signals emitted by this station"

Related terms: interrupt spot_jam barrage_jam blanket_jam point_jam jamming
7. [ noun ] a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
Synonyms: cube
Related terms: solid goldbrick cube
8. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: collection
9. [ noun ] (housing) housing in a large building that is divided into separate units

"there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"

Related terms: housing ward cellblock
10. [ verb ] be unable to remember
Synonyms: forget draw_a_blank blank_out

"I'm drawing a blank" "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"

Related terms: remember slip
11. [ verb ] (sport) impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball), as in sports or fights
Synonyms: parry deflect

"block an attack"

Related terms: fence blocking blocker counterpunch
12. [ noun ] an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension
Synonyms: mental_block

"I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block"

Related terms: inability writer's_block forget
13. [ verb ] block passage through
Synonyms: obstruct impede occlude close_up obturate jam

"obstruct the path"

Related terms: free impede barricade clog blockade dam suffocate tie_up barricade barricade screen land_up obstruction blocking obturator obstruction
14. [ noun ] (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"

Related terms: computer_memory_unit bad_block sector computer_science
15. [ noun ] an obstruction in a pipe or tube
Synonyms: closure occlusion stop stoppage blockage

"we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"

Related terms: obstruction plug breechblock vapor_lock stuff
16. [ noun ] a platform from which an auctioneer sells
Synonyms: auction_block

"they put their paintings on the block"

Related terms: platform
17. [ verb ] shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
Synonyms: obstruct

"The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage" "The trees obstruct my view of the mountains"

Related terms: hide barricade blockage
18. [ verb ] support, secure, or raise with a block

"block a plate for printing" "block the wheels of a car"

Related terms: hold
19. [ verb ] run on a block system

"block trains"

Related terms: operate
20. [ verb ] prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
Synonyms: immobilize immobilise freeze

"Blocked funds" "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"

Related terms: unblock unblock withhold
21. [ verb ] obstruct, as of a passage
Synonyms: lug choke_up stuff

"My nose is all stuffed" "Her arteries are blocked"

Related terms: unstuff clog blockage
22. [ verb ] stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block

"block the book cover"

Related terms: emboss
23. [ verb ] shape into a block or blocks

"block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"

Related terms: shape
24. [ verb ] (pharmacology,surgery) interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia

"block a nerve" "block a muscle"

Related terms: anesthesize anesthetize blocker
25. [ verb ] (clothing) shape by using a block

: "Block a hat" "block a garment"

Related terms: shape
26. [ 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
Synonyms: pulley pulley-block
Related terms: machine bollock idle_pulley fairlead block_and_tackle
27. [ noun ] a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
Synonyms: cylinder_block engine_block

"the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"

Related terms: cast reciprocating_engine internal-combustion_engine cylinder
28. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1756
29. [ noun ] (sport,american football) the act of blocking someone's path with your body (as in football)
Synonyms: interference blocking

"he threw a rolling block into the line backer"

Related terms: obstruction trap_block football American_football barricade parry
Similar spelling:   blocky