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  1. [noun] a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"

  2. [noun] a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block"
    Synonyms: city

  3. [noun] a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
    Synonyms: cube

  4. [noun] 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"

  5. [noun] housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"

  6. [noun] (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"

  7. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: mental

  8. [noun] 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
    Synonyms: pulley, pulley-

  9. [noun] a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
    Synonyms: engine cylinder

  10. [noun] an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
    Synonyms: age, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage

  11. [noun] a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block"
    Synonyms: auction

  12. [noun] (American football) the act of obstructing someone's path with your body; "he threw a rolling block into the line backer"
    Synonyms: ing, interference

  13. [verb] render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
    Synonyms: barricade, ade, stop, off, up, bar

  14. [verb] hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"
    Synonyms: obstruct, ade, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass

  15. [verb] stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process"
    Synonyms: stop, halt, kibosh

  16. [verb] interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station"
    Synonyms: jam

  17. [verb] run on a block system; "block trains"

  18. [verb] interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; "block a nerve"; "block a muscle"

  19. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: obstruct

  20. [verb] stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; "block the book cover"

  21. [verb] obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"
    Synonyms: stuff, lug, choke up

  22. [verb] block passage through; "obstruct the path"
    Synonyms: obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, close up

  23. [verb] support, secure, or raise with a block; "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car"

  24. [verb] impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
    Synonyms: parry, deflect

  25. [verb] be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
    Synonyms: forget, blank out, draw a blank

  26. [verb] shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment"

  27. [verb] shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"

  28. [verb] prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
    Synonyms: freeze, immobilize, immobilise


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