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BLOCK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does block mean? 

BLOCK (noun)
  The noun BLOCK has 12 senses:

1. a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
2. a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
3. a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
4. a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit
5. housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
6. (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted
7. an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension
8. 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. a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
10. an obstruction in a pipe or tube
11. a platform from which an auctioneer sells
12. the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements

  Familiarity information: BLOCK used as a noun is familiar.


BLOCK (verb)
  The verb BLOCK has 16 senses:

1. render unsuitable for passage
2. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
3. stop from happening or developing
4. interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
5. run on a block system
6. interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
7. shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
8. stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
9. obstruct
10. block passage through
11. support, secure, or raise with a block
12. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
13. be unable to remember
14. shape by using a block
15. shape into a block or blocks
16. prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

  Familiarity information: BLOCK used as a verb is very familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


BLOCK (noun)


Sense 1block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

the pyramids were built with large stone blocks

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

artefact; artifact (a man-made object taken as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "block"):

nut (a small (usually square or hexagonal) metal block with internal screw thread to be fitted onto a bolt)

inking pad; inkpad; pad; stamp pad (a block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp)

slab (block consisting of a thick piece of something)

starting block (block providing bracing for a runner's feet at start of a race)

step (a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed)

swage block (an iron block cut with holes and grooves to assist in cold working metal)

type (a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper)

nog (a wooden block built into a masonry wall so that joinery structure can be nailed to it)

block of metal; ingot; metal bar (metal that is cast in the shape of a block for convenient handling)

domino (a small rectangular block used in playing the game of dominoes; the face of each block has two equal areas that can bear 0 to 6 dots)

cube; square block (a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube)

crosshead (metal block that connects to a piston; it slides on parallel guides and moves a connecting rod back and forth)

chopping block (a steady wooden block on which food can be cut or diced or wood can be split)

chock; wedge (a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object)

bar; cake (a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax))

briquet; briquette (a block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel)

anvil (a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering)


Sense 2block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

city block; block

Context example:

he lives in the next block

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

area; country (a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography))


Sense 3block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

cube; block

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

solid (a three-dimensional shape)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "block"):

goldbrick (a brick-shaped block that looks like gold but is not)


Sense 4block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context examples:

he reserved a large block of seats / he held a large block of the company's stock

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

accumulation; aggregation; assemblage; collection (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)


Sense 5block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Housing in a large building that is divided into separate units

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

there is a block of classrooms in the west wing

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

housing; living accommodations; lodging (structures collectively in which people are housed)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "block"):

hospital ward; ward (block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care)

cellblock; ward (a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells))


Sense 6block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Context example:

since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms 'block' and 'sector' are sometimes used interchangeably

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

computer memory unit (a unit for measuring computer memory)

Meronyms (parts of "block"):

sector (the minimum track length that can be assigned to store information; unless otherwise specified a sector of data consists of 512 bytes)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "block"):

bad block ((computer science) a block (usually one sector) that cannot reliably hold data)


Sense 7block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

mental block; block

Context example:

I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

inability (lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "block"):

writer's block (an inability to write)


Sense 8block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

pulley; pulley-block; block

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

machine; simple machine (a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "block"):

idle pulley; idle wheel; idler pulley (a pulley on a shaft that presses against a guide belt to guide or tighten it)

fairlead (a pulley-block used to guide a rope forming part of a ship's rigging to avoid chafing)

bollock; bullock block (a pulley-block at the head of a topmast)

Holonyms ("block" is a part of...):

block and tackle (pulley blocks with associated rope or cable)


Sense 9block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cylinder block; engine block; block

Context example:

the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

cast; casting (object formed by a mold)

Meronyms (parts of "block"):

cylinder; piston chamber (a chamber within which piston moves)

Holonyms ("block" is a part of...):

ICE; internal-combustion engine (a heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine)

reciprocating engine (an internal-combustion engine in which the crankshaft is turned by pistons moving up and down in cylinders)


Sense 10block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An obstruction in a pipe or tube

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

blockage; stoppage; occlusion; closure; block; stop

Context example:

we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

impediment; impedimenta; obstructer; obstruction; obstructor (any structure that makes progress difficult)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "block"):

breech closer; breechblock (a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing)

plug; stopper; stopple (blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly)

vapor lock; vapour lock (a stoppage in a pipeline caused by gas bubbles (especially a stoppage that develops in hot weather in an internal-combustion engine when fuel in the gas line boils and forms bubbles that block the flow of gasoline to the carburetor))


Sense 11block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A platform from which an auctioneer sells

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

auction block; block

Context example:

they put their paintings on the block

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

platform (a raised horizontal surface)


Sense 12block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

blocking; block

Hypernyms ("block" is a kind of...):

obstruction (getting in someone's way)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "block"):

interference ((American football) blocking a player's path with your body)

trap block ((American football) an illegal block)

parry ((fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword)


BLOCK (verb)


Sense 1block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Render unsuitable for passage

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

barricade; block; block up; blockade; block off; bar; stop

Context examples:

block the way / barricade the streets / stop the busy road

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

block; close up; impede; jam; obstruct; obturate; occlude (block passage through)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "block"):

block off; close off; shut off (block off the passage through)

close (bar access to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

stymy; blockade; stymie; obstruct; hinder; embarrass; block

Context example:

His brother blocked him at every turn

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "block"):

bottleneck (slow down or impede by creating an obstruction)

hang (prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury)

check (block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey)

filibuster (obstruct deliberately by delaying; of legislation)

stonewall (obstruct or hinder any discussion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stop from happening or developing

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

kibosh; block; halt; stop

Context examples:

Block his election / Halt the process

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "block"):

embargo (prevent commerce)

stay (stop a judicial process)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They block him from writing the letter


Sense 4block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Interfere with or prevent the reception of signals

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

block; jam

Context examples:

Jam the Voice of America / block the signals emitted by this station

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

break up; cut off; disrupt; interrupt (make a break in)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "block"):

blanket jam (jam a broad spectrum of frequencies to affect all communications in the area except for directional antenna communications)

spot jam (jam a single frequency)

point jam (jam a narrow band of frequencies)

barrage jam (jam an entire frequency spectrum)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Run on a block system

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

block trains

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

operate; run (direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context examples:

block a nerve / block a muscle

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

anaesthetise; anaesthetize; anesthetise; anesthetize; put out; put to sleep; put under (make unconscious by means of anesthetic drugs)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 7block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

obstruct; block

Context examples:

The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage / The trees obstruct my view of the mountains

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

conceal; hide (prevent from being seen or discovered)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 8block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

block the book cover

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

boss; emboss; stamp (raise in a relief)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 9block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Obstruct

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

choke up; lug; stuff; block

Context examples:

My nose is all stuffed / Her arteries are blocked

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

back up; choke; choke off; clog; clog up; congest; foul (become or cause to become obstructed)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 10block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Block passage through

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

occlude; obturate; obstruct; impede; close up; jam; block

Context example:

obstruct the path

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

hinder; impede (be a hindrance or obstacle to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "block"):

back up; choke; choke off; clog; clog up; congest; foul (become or cause to become obstructed)

bar; barricade; block; block off; block up; blockade; stop (render unsuitable for passage)

earth up; land up (block with earth, as after a landslide)

block out; screen (prevent from entering)

dam; dam up (obstruct with, or as if with, a dam)

tie up (restrain from moving or operating normally)

asphyxiate; choke; stifle; suffocate (impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of)

barricade (prevent access to by barricading)

barricade; barricado (block off with barricades)

block off; blockade (obstruct access to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 11block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Support, secure, or raise with a block

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

block a plate for printing / block the wheels of a car

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

hold; hold up; support; sustain (be the physical support of; carry the weight of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 12block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

parry; deflect; block

Context example:

block an attack

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

fence (fight with fencing swords)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 13block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be unable to remember

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

blank out; draw a blank; forget; block

Context examples:

I'm drawing a blank / You are blocking the name of your first wife!

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "block"):

slip; slip one's mind (pass out of one's memory)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 14block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shape by using a block

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

Block a hat / block a garment

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

form; shape (give shape or form to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 15block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shape into a block or blocks

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

block the graphs so one can see the results clearly

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

form; shape (give shape or form to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 16block [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

immobilise; immobilize; freeze; block

Context examples:

Blocked funds / Freeze the assets of this hostile government

Hypernyms (to "block" is one way to...):

keep back; withhold (hold back; refuse to hand over or share)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They block the money

Antonym:

unblock (make (assets) available)


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