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woodblock

[ wood-blok ]
/ ˈwʊdˌblɒk /
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noun

a block of wood engraved in relief, for printing from; woodcut.
a print or impression from such a block.
a hollow block of hard wood struck with a wooden stick or mallet and used in the percussion section of an orchestra.

adjective

made from a woodblock: woodblock prints.

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Origin of woodblock

First recorded in 1830–40; wood1 + block
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Example sentences from the Web for woodblock

  • In old pictures and woodblock engravings some curious illustrations are met with showing Englishwomen using the distaff.

  • Nothing is certain except that woodblock work was at a 16 particularly low ebb.

  • This was sometimes applied with woodblock or stencil but most often it was simply painted in by hand over a blockprinted outline.

British Dictionary definitions for woodblock

wood block

noun

a small rectangular flat block of wood that is laid with others as a floor surface
music another word for Chinese block
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