[ woo d-blok ]
/ ˈwʊdˌblɒk /


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.


made from a woodblock: woodblock prints.

Origin of woodblock

First recorded in 1830–40; wood1 + block
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for woodblock

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

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

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