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blocker

[blok-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that blocks.
  2. Football. a player whose assignment or special skill is blocking.
  3. Biochemistry. a substance that inhibits the physiological action of another substance, as the beta blocker propranolol that interferes with neurotransmitters in the sympathetic nervous system.
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Origin of blocker

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at block, -er1
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Examples from the Web for blocker

Historical Examples

  • Blocker's foreman, disdaining an invitation to dismount, saluted his host.

    Wells Brothers

    Andy Adams

  • Mr. Blocker's Bat, which he carried through a whole season without scoring once off it.


British Dictionary definitions for blocker

blocker

noun
  1. a person or thing that acts as a block
  2. physiol an agent that blocks a physiological function, such as the transport of an ion across an ion channel
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Word Origin and History for blocker

n.

c.1400 of a tool, c.1600 of a person, agent noun from block (v.). U.S. football sense from 1914.

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