[ wood-blok ]

  1. a block of wood engraved in relief, for printing from; woodcut.

  2. a print or impression from such a block.

  1. a hollow block of hard wood struck with a wooden stick or mallet and used in the percussion section of an orchestra.

  1. made from a woodblock: woodblock prints.

Origin of woodblock

First recorded in 1830–40; wood1 + block

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How to use woodblock in a sentence

  • Bend the lower tube at right angles and insert it in a wood block, previously slotted with a saw to make a snug fit.

  • But the wood-block cannot give the depth of darkness, the method makes a convention of colour.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • A wood-block print will not tell well amid a wilderness of bric-à-brac or on a gaudy wall-paper.

    Wood-Block Printing | F. Morley Fletcher
  • This has been the expressed opinion of many who have undertaken a course of wood-block printing for this object alone.

    Wood-Block Printing | F. Morley Fletcher
  • The actual value of wood-block prints for use as decoration is a matter of personal taste and experience.

    Wood-Block Printing | F. Morley Fletcher

British Dictionary definitions for wood block

wood block

  1. a small rectangular flat block of wood that is laid with others as a floor surface

  2. music another word for Chinese block

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