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Block meaning

block - 32 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( American football) the act of obstructing someone's path with your body; " he threw a rolling block into the line backer"
  2. 2. 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"
  3. 3. shape into a block or blocks; " block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
  4. 4. shape by using a block; " Block a hat"; " block a garment"
  5. 5. impede the movement of ( an opponent or a ball); " block an attack"
  6. 6. support, secure, or raise with a block; " block a plate for printing"; " block the wheels of a car"
  7. 7. obstruct; " My nose is all stuffed"; " Her arteries are blocked"
  8. 8. stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; " block the book cover"
  9. 9. 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"
  10. 10. interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; " block a nerve"; " block a muscle"
  11. 11. run on a block system; " block trains"
  12. 12. A piece of wood more or less bulky; a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more plane, or approximately plane, faces; as, a block on which a butcher chops his meat; a block by which to mount a horse; children's playing blocks, etc.
  13. 13. The solid piece of wood on which condemned persons lay their necks when they are beheaded.
  14. 14. The wooden mold on which hats, bonnets, etc., are shaped.
  15. 15. The pattern or shape of a hat.
  16. 16. A large or long building divided into separate houses or shops, or a number of houses or shops built in contact with each other so as to form one building; a row of houses or shops.
  17. 17. A square, or portion of a city inclosed by streets, whether occupied by buildings or not.
  18. 18. A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap, by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded, to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; -- used especially in the rigging of ships, and in tackles.
  19. 19. The perch on which a bird of prey is kept.
  20. 20. Any obstruction, or cause of obstruction; a stop; a hindrance; an obstacle; as, a block in the way.
  21. 21. A piece of box or other wood for engravers' work.
  22. 22. A piece of hard wood ( as mahogany or cherry) on which a stereotype or electrotype plate is mounted to make it type high.
  23. 23. A section of a railroad where the block system is used. See Block system, below.
  24. 24. To secure or support by means of blocks; to secure, as two boards at their angles of intersection, by pieces of wood glued to each.
  25. 25. To shape on, or stamp with, a block; as, to block a hat.
  26. 26. In Australia, one of the large lots into which public land, when opened to settlers, is divided by the government surveyors.
  27. 27. The position of a player or bat when guarding the wicket.
  28. 28. The popping crease.
  29. 29. A section of a railroad where the block system is used. See system, below.
  30. 30. To obstruct so as to prevent passage or progress; to prevent passage from, through, or into, by obstructing the way; - used both of persons and things; - often followed by up; as, to block up a road or harbor.
  31. 31. A mass of wood, stone, etc.; the wood on which criminals are beheaded; frame of a pulley; a row of houses.
  32. 32. To shut up; to obstruct.

block - examples of usage

  1. After a little experience it is possible to do away with the block of wood. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. Nothing was done at the further block, because that appeared to be in no danger. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. The girls slept here, as Mavis had told him; the younger in one block and the older in the other block. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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