However, the law has since been blocked as unconstitutional in federal court.
Just then the father of the other family stepped closer to our car to wave goodbye, and in doing so he blocked the blue light.
Miguel Estrada—A conservative Washington lawyer nominated by President Bush to a federal appeals court but blocked by Democrats.
Local radio reported that the Ukrainian military blew up railroad tracks and blocked approaches to the city.
Brutal crackdowns, riot police, and blocked websites didn't stop thousands of Iranians from flooding the streets Monday.
But when they comes on and finds the new wife—Well, the game is blocked.
He sniffed and snorted, and began to tear at the obstacles that blocked the crevice.
By this time all the roads into Metz were blocked with transport of every description.
She had only seconds to live unless I blocked all circulation to and from her arm.
At the door he had to push his way through a wriggling, impish mass of small boys who blocked the steps and the sidewalk.
"solid piece," c.1300, from Old French bloc "log, block" of wood (13c.), via Middle Dutch bloc "trunk of a tree" or Old High German bloh, from a common Germanic source, from PIE *bhlugo-, from *bhelg- "a thick plank, beam" (see balk).
Meaning "mould for a hat" is from 1570s. Slang sense of "head" is from 1630s. Extended sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1640s. In cricket from 1825; in U.S. football from 1912. The meaning in city block is 1796, from the notion of a "compact mass" of buildings; slang meaning "fashionable promenade" is 1869.
BLOCK. A term applied in America to a square mass of houses included between four streets. It is a very useful one. [Bartlett]
Interruption, especially obstruction, of a normal physiological function.
Interruption, complete or partial, permanent or temporary, of the passage of a nervous impulse.
Sudden cessation of speech or a thought process without an immediate observable cause, sometimes considered a consequence of repression.
|block and tackle|
An arrangement of pulleys and ropes used to reduce the amount of force needed to move heavy loads. One pulley is attached to the load, and rope or chains connect this pulley to a fixed pulley. Each pulley may have multiple grooves or wheels for the rope to pass over numerous times. Pulling the rope or chain slowly draws the load-bearing pulley toward the fixed one with high mechanical advantage.