- 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
Related formsblock·a·ble, adjectivere·block, verb (used with object)sub·block, nounun·blocked, adjective
Can be confusedbloc block
Examples from the Web for 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?|Niqash|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The government has blocked every opportunity to challenge this case on its merits.
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.
One end of the street is blocked by a great square, and the other by the gateway of the palace from which the Sultan comes.The Rulers of the Mediterranean|Richard Harding Davis
It was blocked by a tall and heavily-built Dutch dragoon, who could neither get through nor back, and was swearing fearfully.Graham of Claverhouse|Ian Maclaren
The intake and main road appeared to be blocked from end to end.A Safety Match|Ian Hay
There were so many wagons waiting at City Point that the roads round there were blocked for miles.Old Man Savarin and Other Stories|Edward William Thomson
He turned quickly to the bare-footed fisherman who blocked the doorway.El Diablo|Brayton Norton
British Dictionary definitions for blocked (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for blocked (2 of 2)
- 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 Formsblocker, noun
Word Origin for block
Medicine definitions for blocked
Related formsblock′age (blŏk′ĭj) n.
Science definitions for blocked
block and tackle
Idioms and Phrases with blocked
see chip off the old block; knock someone's block off; on the block; stumbling block.