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  Definition of Block
  1. (American football) the act of obstructing someone''s path with your body; "he threw a rolling block into the line backer"
  2. a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block"
  3. a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
  4. housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
  5. an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
  6. a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
  7. 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
  8. 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"
  9. 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"
  10. a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block"
  11. (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"
  12. a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
  13. prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
  14. shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
  15. shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment"
  16. be unable to remember; "I''m drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
  17. interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station"
  18. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
  19. support, secure, or raise with a block; "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car"
  20. block passage through; "obstruct the path"
  21. render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
  22. obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"
  23. stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; "block the book cover"
  24. 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"
  25. interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; "block a nerve"; "block a muscle"
  26. run on a block system; "block trains"
  27. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"
  28. stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process"
Similar Words: blocking, interference, auction block, blockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage, engine block, cylinder block, pulley, pulley-block, mental block, city block, cube, freeze, immobilize, immobilise, forget, blank out, draw a blank, jam, parry, deflect, obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, close up, barricade, blockade, block off, block up, bar, stuff, lug, choke up, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass, halt, kibosh


Hyponyms: trap block, anvil, briquette, briquet, cake, bar, chock, wedge, chopping block, crosshead, cube, square block, domino, ingot, metal bar, block of metal, nog, nut, pad, inkpad, inking pad, stamp pad, slab, starting block, step, swage block, type, cellblock, ward, hospital ward, breechblock, breech closer, plug, stopper, stopple, vapor lock, vapour lock, bollock, bullock block, fairlead, idle pulley, idler pulley, idle wheel, writer's block, bad block, goldbrick, slip, slip one's mind, barrage jam, point jam, spot jam, blanket jam, blockade, block off, barricade, barricado, suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate, choke, tie up, dam, dam up, screen, block out, land up, earth up, stop, block up, clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, foul, shut off, close off, close, stonewall, filibuster, check, hang, bottleneck, embargo, stay


Grouped Verbs: obstruct, barricade, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar


Part Meronyms: internal-combustion engine, ICE, reciprocating engine, block and tackle


Derivational Morphology: parry, deflect, obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, close up, barricade, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar, stuff, lug, choke up, forget, blank out, draw a blank, cube, dice, freeze, mental block, jamming, electronic jamming, blocker, blocking, interference, blockage, closure, occlusion, counterpunch, counter, obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta, obturator, catch, plug, stopper, stopple, roadblock, stoppage, blocking agent, stymie, hindrance, deterrent, balk, baulk, check, handicap, obstructionist, resister, thwarter, halt


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