- 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
Synonyms for block
Related Words for blockssquare, bar, section, brick, piece, slab, chunk, wall, roadblock, barrier, prevent, clog, thwart, halt, intercept, blockade, stop, deter, stall, impede
Examples from the Web for blocks
Contemporary Examples of blocks
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
December 5, 2014
The F4 twister cut a long swath of destruction that crossed just four blocks from my house.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction
Sean B. Carroll
November 30, 2014
After seeing this trick with blocks and toys, children saw it performed with a hamster.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure
November 6, 2014
One year later and 10 blocks away, my mother came into the world, the granddaughter of those pioneers who had roamed the prairie.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
Historical Examples of blocks
That, however, is neither here nor there: but it got within two blocks of there at 11.25.
Their houses were of blocks of ice and snow, and their talk sounded like dogs barking.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
They were located there, and there they intended to remain like blocks of wood.The Fortune of the Rougons
We were walled up by blocks of rock in the heart of a mountain.
The blocks necessary to construct this boat are shown in Fig. 24.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
- 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
children's wooden building toys, 1821, from block (n.).
"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.