To block out
Block Block (bl[o^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blocked} (bl[o^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Blocking}.] [Cf. F. bloquer, fr. bloc block. See {Block}, n.] 1. 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; to block an entrance. [1913 Webster]

With moles . . . would block the port. --Rowe. [1913 Webster]

A city . . . besieged and blocked about. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. To shape on, or stamp with, a block; as, to block a hat. [1913 Webster]

4. to cause (any activity) to halt by creating an obstruction; as, to block a nerve impulse; to block a biochemical reaction with a drug. [PJC]

{To block out}, to begin to reduce to shape; to mark out roughly; to lay out; to outline; as, to block out a plan. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • block out something — block out (something) 1. to ignore something. After a while you become good at forcing yourself to block out the pain. 2. to make time available. When was the last time you blocked out two hours to do whatever you felt like doing? …   New idioms dictionary

  • block out — (something) 1. to ignore something. After a while you become good at forcing yourself to block out the pain. 2. to make time available. When was the last time you blocked out two hours to do whatever you felt like doing? …   New idioms dictionary

  • block out — verb 1. plan where and when songs should be inserted into a theatrical production, or plan a theatrical production in general (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑lay out • Verb Frames: Somebody s something 2. prevent from entering block out the strong… …   Useful english dictionary

  • block out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms block out : present tense I/you/we/they block out he/she/it blocks out present participle blocking out past tense blocked out past participle blocked out 1) to stop light or sound from reaching something That… …   English dictionary

  • block out — verb a) to prevent from entering or penetrating High factor suncream blocks out the suns rays. b) to prevent (a thought) from entering ones mind. After finding out she had terminal cancer, she tried to block out any thoughts of her own mortality …   Wiktionary

  • block out — [v1] plan course arrange, chart, map out, outline, prepare, sketch; concept 36 block out [v2] try to forget close, conceal, cover, hide, obscure, obstruct, screen, shroud, shut off, shut out; concept 40 Ant. recall, remember …   New thesaurus

  • Block Out (band) — Infobox musical artist Name = Block Out Img capt = Block Out performing live on Nisomnia festival in 2007 Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Belgrade, Serbia Genre = Alternative rock Doom metal Rock Years active =… …   Wikipedia

  • block out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If someone blocks out a thought, they try not to think about it. [V P n (not pron)] She accuses me of having blocked out the past... [V n P of n] I had to block the thought out of my mind. Syn: blank out 2) PHRASAL VERB Something… …   English dictionary

  • block to block rule — A rule which purports to carry out the principle of special assessment according to benefit by assessing against the property in a city block the cost and expenses of the acquisition of land for opening a street which runs through the block …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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