- 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.
Origin of block
Synonyms for block
Related Words for blockedprevent, clog, thwart, halt, intercept, blockade, stop, deter, stall, impede, arrest, close, bar, hinder, plug, stopper, congest, stymie, dam, choke
Examples from the Web for blocked
Contemporary Examples of blocked
All the roads into Iraqi Kurdistan and toward Baghdad are closed and now the road toward Syria is also blocked.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?
December 27, 2014
The government has blocked every opportunity to challenge this case on its merits.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
The highway exit leading to the village was blocked by dozens of police vehicles.
In Kafr Kanna, because of the blocked highway exit, The Daily Beast was forced to use a backdoor entry to town.
Picasso worked from the photograph to create the blocked, jagged shapes he painted on canvas.Revealing The Unseen Picasso
November 3, 2014
Historical Examples of blocked
All her doors were blocked up, and she lived alone, so there was no one to dig her out.The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
They were blocked by vehicles of all kinds, and their footways were crowded with vegetables.The Fat and the Thin
For three minutes they had blocked the view for everybody behind them!The Education of Eric Lane
Then the light was shut out as the great figure of Jake blocked the doorway.The Night Riders
But, to his surprise, his path was blocked by Jed, who quietly stepped in front of him.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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
- Britisha 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)
Word Origin for block
"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]
block and tackle
see chip off the old block; knock someone's block off; on the block; stumbling block.