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Dictionary definition for: Block

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. (n) 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"

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

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

10. (v) run on a block system; "block trains"

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

13. (n) 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"

14. (v) 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"

15. (n) 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

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

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

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

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

20. (v) block passage through; "obstruct the path"

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

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

23. (v) impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball) "block an attack"

24. (n) (American football) the act of obstructing someone''s path with your body; "he threw a rolling block into the line backer"

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

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

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

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

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