Origin of blocking
- 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)
Origin of block
Synonyms for block
Related Words for blockingprevent, clog, thwart, halt, intercept, blockade, stop, deter, stall, impede, arrest, close, bar, hinder, plug, stopper, congest, stymie, dam, choke
Examples from the Web for blocking
Contemporary Examples of blocking
Because of this, the peacekeeping forces have been blocking Muslims from leaving on envoys out of the country.The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
January 1, 2015
This same fear has recently resurfaced as the number one excuse for blocking a proposed subway through Beverly Hills.The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A.
December 6, 2014
For starters, the Ello beta launched without any privacy controls or blocking options.Ello, Is It You We’re Looking For?
September 26, 2014
That was when the blinds were closed, blocking Fretland and the other witnesses from what happened next.Lifting the Curtain on Oklahoma's Botched Lethal Injection
August 29, 2014
During the ensuing protests, Sharpton spoke of blocking a major highway, U.S. 40.Missouri Cops' License to Kill
August 19, 2014
Historical Examples of blocking
Of course, I ought not to be standing here, blocking the way!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
This was blocking the channel, and there was no more chance for getting off in that way.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The owner of the Jas-Meiffren had not even thought of blocking it up.The Fortune of the Rougons
Somebody in the drifting crowd was standing before her and blocking the way.The Christian
Mr. Hervey stopped because the man was blocking the sidewalk.The Mind Master
Arthur J. Burks
- 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
1630s, verbal noun from present participle of block (v.). By 1891 in U.S. football; by 1961 in theater.
"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.