Definitions of block

  1. 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.
  2. The solid piece of wood on which condemned persons lay their necks when they are beheaded.
  3. The wooden mold on which hats, bonnets, etc., are shaped.
  4. The pattern or shape of a hat.
  5. 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.
  6. A square, or portion of a city inclosed by streets, whether occupied by buildings or not.
  7. The perch on which a bird of prey is kept.
  8. Any obstruction, or cause of obstruction; a stop; a hindrance; an obstacle; as, a block in the way.
  9. A piece of box or other wood for engravers' work.
  10. A piece of hard wood ( as mahogany or cherry) on which a stereotype or electrotype plate is mounted to make it type high.
  11. A blockhead; a stupid fellow; a dolt.
  12. A section of a railroad where the block system is used. See system, below.
  13. 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.
  14. To inclose or shut up: to obstruct: to shape.
  15. To shut up; to obstruct.
  16. To stop; impede; obstruct; often with up.
  17. prohibit the conversion or use of ( assets); " Blocked funds"; " Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
  18. interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; " Jam the Voice of America"; " block the signals emitted by this station"
  19. 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.
  20. To shut up; to stop; to obstruct.
  21. a platform from which an auctioneer sells; " they put their paintings on the block"
  22. a solid piece of something ( usually having flat rectangular sides); " the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
  23. housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; " there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
  24. a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; " the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
  25. 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
  26. 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"
  27. a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; " he lives in the next block"
  28. ( 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"
  29. a three- dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
  30. ( American football) the act of obstructing someone's path with your body; " he threw a rolling block into the line backer"
  31. shape into a block or blocks; " block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
  32. shape by using a block; " Block a hat"; " block a garment"
  33. impede the movement of ( an opponent or a ball); " block an attack"
  34. support, secure, or raise with a block; " block a plate for printing"; " block the wheels of a car"
  35. obstruct; " My nose is all stuffed"; " Her arteries are blocked"
  36. stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; " block the book cover"
  37. 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"
  38. interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; " block a nerve"; " block a muscle"
  39. run on a block system; " block trains"
  40. A section of a railroad where the block system is used. See Block system, below.
  41. 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.
  42. To shape on, or stamp with, a block; as, to block a hat.
  43. In Australia, one of the large lots into which public land, when opened to settlers, is divided by the government surveyors.
  44. The position of a player or bat when guarding the wicket.
  45. A block hole.
  46. The popping crease.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. A mass of wood, stone, etc.; the wood on which criminals are beheaded; frame of a pulley; a row of houses.
  51. A solid piece, as of wood, metal, or stone; an obstruction.
  52. A section; a row, as of houses.
  53. A pulley, or set of pulleys, in a frame.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.