- an obstruction, as of a nerve.
- heart block.
- a group of data stored as a unit on an external storage medium and handled as a unit by the computer for input or output: This file has 20 records per block.
- a section of storage locations in a computer allocated to a particular set of instructions or data.
- a group of consecutive machine words organized as a unit and guiding a particular computer operation, especially with reference to input and output.
- (on a flow chart) a symbol representing an operation, device, or instruction in a computer program.
- any large, angular mass of solid rock.
- fault block.
verb (used with object)
- Also block out. to plan or work out the movement of performers in a play, pageant, etc.: Tomorrow we'll block act one.
- to draw a floor plan on (a stage) in order to indicate placement of scenery, stage property, etc.
- to shape (a molten gather) in a wet cup of wood or metal.
- to plunge a block of wood into (molten glass) to aid in refining the glass.
verb (used without object)
- block (def. 36a).
- Basketball. to box out.
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Idioms for block
Origin of block
OTHER WORDS FROM blockblock·a·ble, adjectivere·block, verb (used with object)subblock, nounun·blocked, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH blockbloc, block
Words nearby block
Definition for block (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for block
The block highlighted in red was the one above which the blocks were no longer balanced.
Some will guard from their cars, while others will pace around the block, flashlights in hand.An Asian American family was being harassed. Neighbors now stand guard each night at their home.|Sydney Page|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
Since larger blocks of ice take longer to melt, this system can safely be used over long periods during entertaining without added refrigeration.Best ice pick: A versatile winter tool for camping and more|PopSci Commerce Team|February 25, 2021|Popular Science
Whetstones are essentially blocks of sandpaper in different textures.The best knife sharpener to keep your blades safe and effective|Edmund Torr|February 25, 2021|Popular Science
Some volunteers drive more than an hour to walk these blocks — largely deserted by a combination of fear and pandemic lockdown — to hand out bilingual fliers that explain how to report a crime to police.‘Nobody came, nobody helped’: Fears of anti-Asian violence rattle the community|Marian Liu, Rachel Hatzipanagos|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
Church bells pealed from St. Catherine of Siena parish one block away.
During his trek, Brinsley twice passed within a block of a police stationhouse and he almost certainly saw cops along the way.
Block 3F is slated for release in 2019, but who knows how much that will slip?New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After walking block after block holding that container, he had suddenly discarded it and was now clutching a gun.
If someone wants to ensure a direct and secure connection, no entity, whether a hotel or otherwise, should be able to block it.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security|Kyle Chayka|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Spanish troops did not care to venture past a block of buildings in which were the offices and stores of a British firm.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The upper block was left a little thicker, the junction or root of the neck necessitating this.Antonio Stradivari|Horace William Petherick
The long unbroken block had as many and as various stores as are generally spread over the entire area of a town.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
It had been very scanty information and late in its arrival—too late to enable the master manhunter to block the plan.
How I do wish sometimes to give Ritchie a jog, when there is some stumbling-block that he sticks fast at.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for block
- a group of buildings in a city bounded by intersecting streets on each side
- the area or distance between such intersecting streets
- a piece of wood, metal, or other material having an engraved, cast, or carved design in relief, used either for printing or for stamping book covers, etc
- British a letterpress printing plate, esp one mounted type-high on wood or metal
- a section or quantity, as of tickets or shares, handled or considered as a single unit
- (as modifier)a block booking; block voting
- a stretch of railway in which only one train may travel at a time
- (as modifier)a block signal
verb (mainly tr)
Derived forms of blockblocker, noun
Word Origin for block
Medical definitions for block
Other words from blockblock′age (blŏk′ĭj) n.
Idioms and Phrases with block
see chip off the old block; knock someone's block off; on the block; stumbling block.