- blocking activity,
- blocking agent,
- blocking antibody,
- blocking capacitor,
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
Examples from the Web for blocking
Because of this, the peacekeeping forces have been blocking Muslims from leaving on envoys out of the country.
This same fear has recently resurfaced as the number one excuse for blocking a proposed subway through Beverly Hills.
For starters, the Ello beta launched without any privacy controls or blocking options.
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|Caitlin Dickson|August 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During the ensuing protests, Sharpton spoke of blocking a major highway, U.S. 40.
The owner of the Jas-Meiffren had not even thought of blocking it up.The Fortune of the Rougons|Emile Zola
A blocking press is now, in consequence of the size of many of the blocks, a large and cumbersome machine.
There was another train before us blocking the way, and the guard was making use of the delay to collect the Blackwater tickets.Great Ghost Stories|Various
"My father is not alone," she said, quickly, blocking his way.The Confessions of Arsne Lupin|Maurice Leblanc
The announcement of the blocking of Canton harbor is the only important event of the week in the Franco-Chinese struggle.
- 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]
"obstruct," 1590s, from French bloquer "to block, stop up," from Old French bloc (see block (n.)). Meaning "to make smooth or to give shape on a block" is from 1620s. Stage and theater sense is from 1961. Sense in cricket is from 1772; in U.S. football from 1889. Related: Blocked; blocking.
block and tackle
see chip off the old block; knock someone's block off; on the block; stumbling block.