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block ({{{1}}})
  1. A substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.
    A block of ice.
    A block of stone.
  2. A cuboid of wood, plastic or other material used as a base on which to cut something.
    Anne Boleyn placed her head on the block and awaited her execution.
  3. A group of urban lots of property, several acres in extent, not crossed by public streets
    I'm going for a walk around the block.
  4. (UK) A group of buildings in a city or town, demarcated by streets.
    A block of flats.
  5. The distance from one street to another in a city that is built (approximately) to a grid pattern.
    The place you are looking for is two long blocks east and one short block north.
  6. (slang) The human head.
    I'll knock your block off.
  7. A set of sheets (of paper) joined together at one end.
    A block of 100 tickets.
  8. (computing) A logical data storage unit containing one or more physical sectors (see cluster).
  9. (computing) A region of code in a program that acts as a single unit, such as a function or loop.
  10. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A case with one or more sheaves/pulleys, used with ropes to increase or redirect force, for example, as part of the rigging of a sailing ship.
  11. (chemistry) A portion of a macromolecule, comprising many units, that has at least one feature not present in adjacent portions.
  12. Something that prevents something from passing (see blockage).
    There's a block in the pipe that means the water can't get through.
  13. (sports) An action to interfere with the movement of an opposing player or of the object of play (ball, puck).
  14. (cricket) A shot played by holding he bat vertically in the path of the ball, so that it loses momentum and drops to the ground.
  15. (volleyball) A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter’s court.
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to block

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to block (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To fill (something) so that it is not possible to pass.
    The pipe is blocked.
  2. (transitive) To prevent (something or someone) from passing.
    You're blocking the road - I can't get through.
  3. (transitive) To prevent (something from happening or someone from doing something).
    His plan to take over the business was blocked by the boss.
  4. (transitive) To impede an opponent in sports.
    He blocked the basketball player's shot.
    The offensive linemen tried to block the blitz.
  5. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To specify the positions and movements of the actors.
    It was very difficult to block this scene convincingly.
  6. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To hit with a block.
  7. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To play a block shot.
  8. (transitive) To refuse to communicate with somebody by telephone, instant messaging, etc.
    I'm calling you but you're blocking me!
  9. (computing) (intransitive) To wait.
    When the condition expression is false, the thread blocks on the condition variable.


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Inflection for block Singular Plural
Neuter Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative block blocket block blocken
Genitive blocks blockets blocks blockens



block ˈblɔk n.

  1. block, boulder
  2. pad, block
  3. block, pulley
  4. bloc

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