Block
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.

Synonyms:
, , , , , , , , , (as of wood or stone), / , , (on a block), (on which objects are made) / , , , , , / (in a square or a continuous row), / , / , / (in fig. sense), , / , , ,


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  • Block — (bl[o^]k), n. [OE. blok; cf. F. bloc (fr. OHG.), D. & Dan. blok, Sw. & G. block, OHG. bloch. There is also an OHG. bloch, biloh; bi by + the same root as that of E. lock. Cf. {Block}, v. t., {Blockade}, and see {Lock}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A piece… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • block — ● block nom masculin (anglais block, action de stopper) Au volley ball, synonyme de contre. Au tennis de table, remise en demi volée. ● block (homonymes) nom masculin (anglais block, action de stopper) bloc nom masculin bloque …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • block — block·ad·er; block·ad·ing; block·age; block; block·er; block·flö·te; block·head·ism; block·i·ly; block·ish; block·man; block·ship; de·block; su·per·block; un·block; block·bust·ing; block·ade; chock·a·block; block·head·ed·ly; block·head·ed·ness;… …   English syllables

  • block — [bläk] n. [ME blokke < OFr bloc & MDu block < IE * bhlugo < base * bhel , a thick plank, beam > BALK, Gr phalanx, L fulcrum] 1. any large, solid piece of wood, stone, or metal, often with flat surfaces 2. a blocklike stand or platform …   English World dictionary

  • Block — may refer to: * A way of controlling train movement in railway signalling * Postage stamp block, an attached group of postage stampsObjects* A large concrete or stone brick * Block (sailing), a single or multiple pulley used on sailboats *… …   Wikipedia

  • Block — kann bedeuten: Allgemein ein großes Stück fest verbundenen Materials Vulkanologie ein bei einem Vulkanausbruch ballistisch herausgeschleuderter eckiger Pyroklast, siehe Vulkanischer Block Gebäude und andere Bauwerke ein durch Wege umschlossenes… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Block — Block: Die heute übliche Form stammt aus dem Niederd. und geht zurück auf mnd. blok »Holzklotz oder stamm; Kloben des Flaschenzugs«. Sie hat sich seit dem 17. Jh. gegenüber der nur noch oberd. mdal. bewahrten Form Bloch (mhd. bloch, ahd. bloh‹h›… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • block — ► NOUN 1) a large solid piece of material with flat surfaces on each side. 2) chiefly Brit. a large single building subdivided into separate flats or offices. 3) a group of buildings bounded by four streets. 4) a large quantity of things regarded …   English terms dictionary

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