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  1. a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the act of blocking someone's path with your body (as in football); "he threw a rolling block into the line backer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball), as in sports or fights; "block an attack" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. block passage through; "obstruct the path" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. (American football) the act of obstructing someone's path with your body; "he threw a rolling block into the line backer" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. support, secure, or raise with a block; "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; "block the book cover" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; "block a nerve"; "block a muscle" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. run on a block system; "block trains" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  30. A piece of wood more or less bulky; a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more plane, or approximately plane, faces; as, a block on which a butcher chops his meat; a block by which to mount a horse; children's playing blocks, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. The solid piece of wood on which condemned persons lay their necks when they are beheaded. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. The wooden mold on which hats, bonnets, etc., are shaped. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. The pattern or shape of a hat. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. A large or long building divided into separate houses or shops, or a number of houses or shops built in contact with each other so as to form one building; a row of houses or shops. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. A square, or portion of a city inclosed by streets, whether occupied by buildings or not. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap, by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded, to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; -- used especially in the rigging of ships, and in tackles. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. The perch on which a bird of prey is kept. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. Any obstruction, or cause of obstruction; a stop; a hindrance; an obstacle; as, a block in the way. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. A piece of box or other wood for engravers' work. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. A piece of hard wood (as mahogany or cherry) on which a stereotype or electrotype plate is mounted to make it type high. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. A blockhead; a stupid fellow; a dolt. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. A section of a railroad where the block system is used. See Block system, below. Newage Dictionary DB
  43. To secure or support by means of blocks; to secure, as two boards at their angles of intersection, by pieces of wood glued to each. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. To shape on, or stamp with, a block; as, to block a hat. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. In Australia, one of the large lots into which public land, when opened to settlers, is divided by the government surveyors. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. The position of a player or bat when guarding the wicket. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. A block hole. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. The popping crease. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. A section of a railroad where the block system is used. See system, below. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. To obstruct so as to prevent passage or progress; to prevent passage from, through, or into, by obstructing the way; - used both of persons and things; - often followed by up; as, to block up a road or harbor. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. Any unshaped solid mass of matter, as of wood, stone, etc.; a piece of wood for supporting the neck of a person condemned to be beheaded; a piece of hard wood prepared for the tool of the engraver; a wooden mold for shaping hats; a grooved pulley or pulleys in a frame to which is attached a hook or ring by which it may be suspended; a row of buildings; a square or portion of a city inclosed by streets; that which closes the way or channel; an obstacle; a hindrance; quantity, section, or number of something dealt with as a unit; as, a block of seats in a theater; shares of stock bought or sold in the mass. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  52. To stop the passage of; to obstruct; stop up; to plan without working our details; to support by blocks; to mold or shape on a block. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  53. To abstract, arrest passage through. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  54. An unshaped mass of wood or stone, etc.: the wood on which criminals are beheaded; (mech.) a pulley together with its framework: a piece of wood on which something is formed: a connected group of houses: an obstruction: a blockhead. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  55. To inclose or shut up: to obstruct: to shape. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  56. A mass of wood, stone, etc.; the wood on which criminals are beheaded; frame of a pulley; a row of houses. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  57. To shut up; to obstruct. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  58. To stop; impede; obstruct; often with up. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  59. A solid piece, as of wood, metal, or stone; an obstruction. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  60. A section; a row, as of houses. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  61. A pulley, or set of pulleys, in a frame. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  62. A solid mass of wood or stone; the wood on which criminals are beheaded; a frame of wood, with one or more sheaves for ropes; a solid piece of hard wood, on which figures are cut or engraved; a wooden or other mould, on which a thing is shaped; a continuous row of buildings; an obstruction; a stop as block section of a railway; a blockhead. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  63. To enclose or shut up; to stop up; to stop a train by a block signal; to shape roughly. Block Signal, a signal to stop a train in consequence of the next block section not being reported clear. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  64. A heavy piece of timber or stone; any mass of matter; the lump of wood on which persons were beheaded; any hindrance or obstruction; the piece of wood in which the wheels of a pulley run; a row of houses. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  65. To shut up; to stop; to obstruct. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  66. To obstruct so as to prevent passage or progress; to prevent passage from, through, or into, by obstructing the way; -- used both of persons and things; -- often followed by up; as, to block up a road or harbor. mso.anu.edu.au
  67. A square or portion of a city or town inclosed by streets, whether partially or wholly occupied by buildings or containing only vacant lots. Ottawa v. Barney, 10 Kan. 270; Fraser v. Ott, 95 Cal. 061, 30 Pac. 793; State v. Deffes, 44 La. Ann. 104, 10 South. 597; Todd v. Railroad Co., 78 111. 530; Harrison v. People, 195 111. 406, 63 N. E. 191. thelawdictionary.org
  68. 1. A unit of data or memory, often, but notexclusively, on a magnetic disk or magnetic tape.Compare record, sector.2. To delay or sit idle while waiting forsomething.Compare busy-wait.3. A delimited section of source code in ablock-structured language. foldoc_fs
  69. A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap, by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded, to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; used especially in the rigging of ships, and in tackles. dictgcide_fs
  70. Any obstruction, or cause of obstruction; a stop; a hindrance; an obstacle; also called blockage; as, a block in the way; a block in an artery; a block in a nerve; a block in a biochemical pathway. dictgcide_fs
  71. a number of individual items sold as a unit; as, a block of airline ticketes; a block of hotel rooms; a block of stock. dictgcide_fs
  72. the length of one side of a city block{5}, traversed along any side; as, to walk three blocks ahead and turn left at the corner. dictgcide_fs
  73. a halt in a mental process, especially one due to stress, memory lapse, confusion, etc.; as, a writer's block; to have a block in remembering a name. dictgcide_fs
  74. a quantity of binary-encoded information transferred, or stored, as a unit to, from, or on a data storage device; as, to divide a disk into 512-byte blocks. dictgcide_fs
  75. a number of locations in a random-access memory allocated to storage of specific data; as, to allocate a block of 1024 bytes for the stack. dictgcide_fs
  76. To obstruct so as to prevent passage or progress; to prevent passage from, through, or into, by obstructing the way; used both of persons and things; often followed by up; as, to block up a road or harbor; to block an entrance. dictgcide_fs
  77. to cause (any activity) to halt by creating an obstruction; as, to block a nerve impulse; to block a biochemical reaction with a drug. dictgcide_fs
  78. blok, n. an unshaped mass of wood or stone, &c.: the wood on which criminals were wont to be beheaded: (mech.) a pulley together with its framework; a piece of wood on which something is formed: a connected group of houses: an obstruction: a blockhead.--v.t. to enclose or shut up: to obstruct: to shape or sketch out roughly.--n. BLOCKADE', the blocking up of a place by surrounding it with troops or by ships.--v.t. to block up by troops or ships.--ns. BLOCK'-HEAD, one with a head like a block, a stupid fellow; BLOCK'-HOUSE, a small temporary fort generally made of logs.--adj. BLOCK'ISH, like a block: stupid: dull.--ns. BLOCK'-PRINT'ING, printing of BLOCK'-BOOKS, from engraved wooden blocks or pages; BLOCK'-SHIP, a war-ship, inefficient for service in action on account of age, but useful in defence of ports; BLOCK'-SYS'TEM, a system of working trains in which no train is allowed on to a section of line so long as any other train is on that section; BLOCK'-TIN, tin in the form of blocks or ingots. [Widely spread, but acc. to Skeat, of Celt. origin, Gael. ploc, Old Ir. blog, a fragment. See PLUG.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  79. Log of wood, tree-stump, (chip of old b., child like his father esp. in character; cut bb. With razor, waste ingenuity &c.); large piece of wood for chopping or hammering on (the b., death by beheading) or mounting horse from; mould for shaping hats on, shape; barber\'s b., wooden head for wigs; pulley, system of pulleys mounted in case; piece of wood engraved for printing; bulky piece of anything; unhewn lump of rock; prepared piece of building-stone; collection of buildings bounded by (usu. four) streets; stolid or hard-hearted person, whence blockish a.; obstruction, (Parl.) notice that a bill will be opposed, which prevents its being taken at certain times& so often kills it; (traffic) jammed vehicles unable to proceed; B. system on railways, by which no train may enter a section till it is clear; (Cricket) spot on which batsman blocks ball& rests bat before playing; b.-chain, kind of endless chain used in bicycle &c.; blockhead, dolt; blockhouse, detached fort (orig. one blocking passage), sometimes one of connected chain of posts, also one storeyed timber building with loopholes, also house of squared logs. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  80. Obstruct (passage &c.); put obstacles in way of (progress &c.); b. up, in, confine; (Parl.) announce opposition to (bil; see prec.); (Cricket) stop (ball) with bat; shape (hats); emboss (book cover); b. out, in, sketch roughly, plan, (work). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  81. Dutch navigator, visited Manhattan (now New York) about 1613 and again in 1614 in the "Tiger," which being accidentally burned he built the "Unrest," a sixteen-ton yacht, in which he coasted as far north as Nahant, discovering the Housatonic and the Connecticut and the island which bears his name. Dictionary of United States history
  82. (Naut.) A pulley made in four parts: (1) the shell, or outside; (2) the sheave, or wheel; (3) the pin, or axle; (4) the strop, a piece of rope or iron by which the block is made fast. Building B., tranverse pieces of timber to support a ship when building, or in a dry dock. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  83. [A Teut. and Scand. word.] Two or more pulleys or sheaves placed side by side on a common axle in parallel mortices cut in a properly shaped piece of wood. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  84. n. [German] A solid mass of wood, stone, &c.;—the piece of wood on which criminals are beheaded;—the wooden mould on which hats, bonnets, &c., are shaped;—a connected mass or row of buildings;—any obstruction, or cause of obstruction;—a stupid fellow; a dolt. Cabinet Dictionary
  85. A short heavy piece of timber; a rough piece of marble; the wood on which hats are formed; the wood on which criminals are beheaded; an obstruction, a stop; a sea term for a pully; a blockhead. Complete Dictionary

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