Meaning of block

Definition of block

(noun) a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block"
a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit; "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; "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; "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; "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; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block"
the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
(verb) render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"
stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process"
interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station"
run on a block system; "block trains"
interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; "block a nerve"; "block a muscle"
shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight; "The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"; "The trees obstruct my view of the mountains"
(noun) South American species of scarlet finch with black head and wings and tail
(verb) obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"
block passage through; "obstruct the path"
support, secure, or raise with a block; "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car"
impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment"
shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"

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