building block


noun

one of a set of cube-shaped blocks used by children to make simple constructions.
a basic element or component: the building blocks of proteins.

Nearby words

  1. builder,
  2. builder's knot,
  3. buildering,
  4. building,
  5. building and loan association,
  6. building line,
  7. building paper,
  8. building permit,
  9. building society,
  10. building trades

Origin of building block

First recorded in 1840–50

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British Dictionary definitions for building block

building block

noun

a block of stone or other material, larger than a brick, used in building
a component that fits with others to form a wholestandardized software building blocks
another name for (the child's toy) block
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