What is the meaning of block?


  • A solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides. )
    • usage: "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
  • A rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings.
    • usage: "he lives in the next block"
  • A three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides.
  • A number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit.
    • usage: "he reserved a large block of seats"; "he held a large block of the company's stock"
  • Housing in a large building that is divided into separate units.
    • usage: "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
  • Computer science. ( a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted)
    • usage: "since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably"
  • An inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension.
    • usage: "I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block"
  • A simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope.
  • A metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine.
    • usage: "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
  • An obstruction in a pipe or tube.
    • usage: "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
  • A platform from which an auctioneer sells.
    • usage: "they put their paintings on the block"
  • The act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements.


  • Render unsuitable for passage.
    • usage: "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
  • Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of.
    • usage: "His brother blocked him at every turn"
  • Stop from happening or developing.
    • usage: "Block his election"; "Halt the process"
  • Interfere with or prevent the reception of signals.
    • usage: "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station"
  • Run on a block system.
    • usage: "block trains"
  • Interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia.
    • usage: "block a nerve"; "block a muscle"
  • Shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight.
    • usage: "The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"; "The trees obstruct my view of the mountains"
  • Stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block.
    • usage: "block the book cover"
  • Obstruct.
    • usage: "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"
  • Block passage through.
    • usage: "obstruct the path"
  • Support, secure, or raise with a block.
    • usage: "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car"
  • Impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball. )
    • usage: "block an attack"
  • Be unable to remember.
    • usage: "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife"
  • Shape by using a block.
    • usage: "Block a hat"; "block a garment"
  • Shape into a block or blocks.
    • usage: "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
  • Prohibit the conversion or use of (assets. )
    • usage: "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
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APAWordNet. (2010). block. Retrieved September 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/block/definitions/1201833
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