cinder block


a concrete building block made with a cinder aggregate.

Origin of cinder block

First recorded in 1925–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cinder block

Contemporary Examples of cinder block

  • He and his wife and children shared a cinder-block house with a roof made of sheet metal and a dirt floor.

  • Today, one in five Cariocas, as Rio residents are known, live in shantytowns, piled high with raw brick and cinder-block homes.

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    Rio’s Security Crisis

    Mac Margolis

    August 7, 2013

  • The three of them shared a cinder-block shack on the beach in Puerto Rico.

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    Inside 'The Rum Diary'

    William McKeen

    November 4, 2011

  • Amelie lives in a rural setting–an open field with cinder-block houses in various stages of construction.

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    What I Saw in Haiti

    Buck Close

    January 15, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for cinder block

cinder block


the usual US name for breeze block
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