Block - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |blɑːk|  American pronunciation of the word block
Brit.  |blɒk|  British pronunciation of the word block

noun

- a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
- a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
- a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides (syn: cube)
- a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit
- housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
- (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted
- an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension

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verb

- render unsuitable for passage(syn: bar, barricade, blockade, stop)
- hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of(syn: blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy)
- stop from happening or developing (syn: halt, kibosh, stop)
- interfere with or prevent the reception of signals(syn: jam)
- run on a block system
- interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
- shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight(syn: obstruct)

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Examples

a wall built out of concrete blocks

We took a walk around the block.

She lived on our block.

The store is three blocks down on the right.

Our hotel is a block from the ocean.

There's an accident blocking the road.

The entrance was blocked by a gate.

Blood clots have completely blocked one of his arteries.

The protesters blocked the road with parked vehicles.

The ambulance was blocked by cars in the road.

An accident was blocking traffic.

Could you move to the left, please. You're blocking my light.

a shield that blocks the wind

Several senators are trying to block the passage of the bill.

His vote blocked the treaty.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: block
he/she/it: blocks
present participle: blocking
past tense: blocked
past participle: blocked
noun
singular: block
plural: blocks
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