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block diagram

noun

  1. a chart or diagram using labeled blocks connected by straight lines to represent the relationship of parts or phases, as the steps in a data-processing application. Compare flow chart ( def 2 ).
  2. Geology. a perspective representation of the geology of an area showing surface contours and generally including two vertical cross sections.


block diagram

noun

  1. a diagram showing the interconnections between the parts of an industrial process
  2. a three-dimensional drawing representing a block of the earth's crust, showing geological structure
  3. computing a diagram showing the interconnections between electronic components or parts of a program


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Word History and Origins

Origin of block diagram1

First recorded in 1920–25

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Example Sentences

The arrival of each new visitor caused changes in the block diagram.

A block diagram of the Columbia system is given in Figure 5.

It bears somewhat the same relation to the facts of human geography that a block diagram does to physiography.

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