building block
noun Date: 1756 a unit of construction or composition; especially something essential on which a larger entity is based

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • building block — building .block n 1.) a block of wood or plastic for young children to build things with 2.) building blocks [plural] the pieces or parts which together make it possible for something big or important to exist ▪ Amino acids are the building… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • building block — building blocks N COUNT: usu with supp If you describe something as a building block of something, you mean it is one of the separate parts that combine to make that thing. ...molecules that are the building blocks of all life on earth …   English dictionary

  • building block — UK US noun [C] ► something that is necessary for making or developing another thing: »People and principles are the building blocks of all successful companies …   Financial and business terms

  • building block — building ,block noun count 1. ) one of a set of solid pieces of wood or plastic that young children play with 2. ) usually plural one of the basic parts from which something is made and without which it cannot exist: Laws are the building blocks… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Building Block — Article principal : Blackboard. Un Building Block est un module applicatif intégré à la plateforme pédagogique Blackboard afin d étendre ses fonctionnalités. Sommaire 1 Définition étendue 2 Fonctions 3 Aspects techniques …   Wikipédia en Français

  • building block — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms building block : singular building block plural building blocks 1) one of a set of solid pieces of wood or plastic that young children play with 2) [usually plural] one of the basic parts that something is made …   English dictionary

  • building block — konstrukcinis blokas statusas T sritis automatika atitikmenys: angl. building block vok. Baueinheit, f rus. конструктивный блок, m pranc. bloc de construction, m …   Automatikos terminų žodynas

  • building block — noun 1. a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else units of nucleic acids • Syn: ↑unit • Derivationally related forms: ↑unitize (for: ↑unit) • Hypernyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • building block — build′ing block n. 1) bui block 2), block 3) 2) cvb a basic element or component: the building blocks of proteins[/ex] • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • building block — noun (C) 1 a block of wood or plastic for young children to build things with 2 building blocks (plural) the pieces or parts which together make it possible for something big or important to exist: Amino acids are the fundamental building blocks… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • building block — 1. block (def. 2). 2. one of a set of cube shaped blocks used by children to make simple constructions. 3. a basic element or component: the building blocks of proteins. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

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