unblock

[ uhn-blok ]
/ ʌnˈblɒk /

verb (used with object)

to remove a block or obstruction from: to unblock a channel; to unblock a person's credit.
Bridge. to play (a suit) so that the last card of the suit in one hand can provide access to the hand of the partnership having the longer holding in the suit.

Origin of unblock

First recorded in 1605–15; un-2 + block

Definition for unblocked (2 of 2)

Origin of block

1275–1325; Middle English blok log, stump (< Middle French bloc) < Middle Dutch blok; perhaps akin to balk

Related forms

block·a·ble, adjectivere·block, verb (used with object)sub·block, nounun·blocked, adjective

Can be confused

bloc block
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Examples from the Web for unblocked

  • So great was the international coverage and outcry that the regime quickly reversed course and unblocked Facebook on Tuesday.

  • It'll be five or six ten-days before we can get all that stuff peeled off and get him unblocked.

    Time Crime|H. Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for unblocked (1 of 2)

unblock

/ (ʌnˈblɒk) /

verb (tr)

to remove a blockage from (a pipe, etc)

British Dictionary definitions for unblocked (2 of 2)

block

/ (blɒk) /

noun


verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

blocker, noun

Word Origin for block

C14: from Old French bloc, from Dutch blok; related to Old High German bloh
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Medicine definitions for unblocked

block

[ blŏk ]

n.

Interruption, especially obstruction, of a normal physiological function.
Interruption, complete or partial, permanent or temporary, of the passage of a nervous impulse.
Atrioventricular block.
Sudden cessation of speech or a thought process without an immediate observable cause, sometimes considered a consequence of repression.

v.

To arrest passage through; obstruct.

Related forms

blockage (blŏkĭj) n.
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Science definitions for unblocked

block and tackle

[ blŏk ]

An arrangement of pulleys and ropes used to reduce the amount of force needed to move heavy loads. One pulley is attached to the load, and rope or chains connect this pulley to a fixed pulley. Each pulley may have multiple grooves or wheels for the rope to pass over numerous times. Pulling the rope or chain slowly draws the load-bearing pulley toward the fixed one with high mechanical advantage.

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Idioms and Phrases with unblocked

block

see chip off the old block; knock someone's block off; on the block; stumbling block.


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