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Overview of noun block

The noun block has 12 senses? (first 5 from tagged texts)
1. (29) block

(a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks")

2. (6) block, city block

(a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block")

3. (1) block, cube

(a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides)

4. (1) block

(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")

5. (1) block

(housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing")

6. block

((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")

7. block, mental block

(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")

8. pulley, pulley-block, pulley block, block

(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)

9. engine block, cylinder block, block

(a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked")

10. blockage, block, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage

(an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe")

11. auction block, block

(a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block")

12. blocking, block

(the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements)


Overview of verb block

The verb block has 16 senses? (first 4 from tagged texts)
1. (7) barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar

(render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road")

2. (3) obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass

(hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn")

3. (1) stop, halt, block, kibosh

(stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process")

4. (1) jam, block

(interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station")

5. block

(run on a block system; "block trains")

6. block

(interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; "block a nerve"; "block a muscle")

7. obstruct, block

(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")

8. block

(stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; "block the book cover")

9. stuff, lug, choke up, block

(obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked")

10. obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up

(block passage through; "obstruct the path")

11. block

(support, secure, or raise with a block; "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car")

12. parry, block, deflect

(impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack")

13. forget, block, blank out, draw a blank

(be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!")

14. block

(shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment")

15. block

(shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly")

16. freeze, block, immobilize, immobilise

(prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government")

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