block

block1 W2S2 [blɔk US bla:k] n
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1¦(solid material)¦
2¦(streets/area)¦
3¦(large building)¦
4¦(quantity of things)¦
5 block booking/voting
6¦(inability to think)¦
7¦(stopping movement)¦
8¦(punishment)¦
9 put your head/neck on the block
10¦(sport)¦
11¦(sell)¦
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: bloc, from Middle Dutch blok]
1.) ¦(SOLID MATERIAL)¦
a piece of hard material such as wood or stone with straight sides
2.) ¦(STREETS/AREA)¦
a) AmE the distance along a city street from where one street crosses it to the next
Head for 44th Street, a few blocks east of Sixth Avenue.
The church is down the block.
b) the four city streets that form a square around an area of buildings
Let's walk round the block.
She grew up playing with the other kids on the block.
c) AusE a large piece of land
a ten acre block near the city
3.) ¦(LARGE BUILDING)¦
a large building divided into separate parts
block of
a block of flats
an office block
an apartment block
the school science block
4.) ¦(QUANTITY OF THINGS)¦
a quantity of things of the same kind, considered as a single unit
block of
New employees receive a block of shares in the firm.
a system for storing large blocks of data
Set aside blocks of time for doing your homework.
5.) block booking/voting
an arrangement that is made for a whole group to buy something or to vote together
6.) ¦(INABILITY TO THINK)¦ [usually singular]
the temporary loss of your normal ability to think, learn, write etc
I have a mental block whenever I try to remember my password.
After his second novel Garland had writer's block (=he could not write anything) .
7.) ¦(STOPPING MOVEMENT)¦ [usually singular]
something that prevents movement or progress
block to
a major block to progress
8.) ¦(PUNISHMENT)¦
the block
in the past, a solid block of wood on which someone's head was cut off as a punishment
9.) put your head/neck on the block
to risk destroying other people's opinion of you or losing your job by doing or saying something
I'm not prepared to put my head on the block for him.
10.) ¦(SPORT)¦
a movement in sport that stops an opponent going forward or playing the ball forward
11.) ¦(SELL)¦
go on the block
to be sold, especially at an ↑auction
$500 million worth of art will go on the block.
→↑block capitals, tower block,be a chip off the old block atchip1 (7), I'll knock your block off atknock1 (24)
block 2
block2 S3 v [T]
1.) also block up
to prevent anything moving through a space by being or placing something across it or in it
A fallen tree is blocking the road.
The sink's blocked up.
2.) block sb's way/path/exit/escape etc
to stand in front of someone, so that they cannot go past
I tried to get through, but there were too many people blocking my way.
3.) to stop something happening, developing, or succeeding
The Senate blocked publication of the report.
laws designed to block imports of cheap tobacco
4.) block sb's view
to be in front of someone so that they cannot see something
The huge building across the street blocked our view of the sea.
5.) also block out
to stop light reaching a place
Can you move? You're blocking my light.
6.) to stop a ball, a blow etc from getting to where your opponent wants it to
a shot blocked by the goalkeeper
block in [block sb/sth<=>in] phr v
1.) to park your car too close to another car, so that the other one cannot drive away
2.) to paint or draw simple shapes or areas of colour
I'll just block in the main buildings.
block sth off [block sth<=> off] phr v
to completely close something such as a road or an opening
Police blocked off the city centre streets.
The fireplace had been blocked off.
block sth out [block sth<=> out]
1.) to stop light reaching a place
There was a heavy curtain blocking out the light.
2.) to stop yourself thinking about something or remembering it
a memory so terrible that she tried to block it out

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:
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