- 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.
- 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.
- block (def. 36a).
- Basketball. to box out.
Idioms about block
Origin of block
OTHER WORDS FROM blockblock·a·ble, adjectivere·block, verb (used with object)subblock, nounun·blocked, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH blockbloc, block
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How to use block in a sentence
They keep their heads low while running behind a large curtain covering the opening between two housing blocks.The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS|Mohammed A. Salih|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prado was the first name I recognized here since I used to live a few blocks from the Prado museum in Madrid when I was 20.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The path may be there, but current travelers to Sudan face a bureaucratic nightmare of permits and road blocks.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town|Nina Strochlic|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I am with a few friends at a pizza spot in D.C., on Mass Ave., just about 10 blocks from the White House.The Day I Used Eric Garner’s Voice|Joshua DuBois|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At a Chinese restaurant several blocks away, and out of earshot of the protests, the conversation had carried.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief|Jacob Siegel|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A colossal steam "traveller" had ceaselessly carried great blocks of stone and long steel girders from point to point.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The boys were dragging along the banquette a small "express wagon," which they had filled with blocks and sticks.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The model was first filled with inflammable materials such as shavings and large blocks of wood, over which petroleum was poured.Asbestos|Robert H. Jones
The upper and lower end blocks have been enlarged in many instances to obtain a better hold on the upper and lower table.Antonio Stradivari|Horace William Petherick
Round this stood a colony of roughly-built huts, of mud, turf, or large blocks of the slate.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for block
- 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
- interference in the normal physiological functioning of an organ or part
- See heart block
- See nerve block
- 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
Derived forms of blockblocker, noun
Word Origin for block
Other Idioms and Phrases with block
see chip off the old block; knock someone's block off; on the block; stumbling block.