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Definition 1: the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) getting in someone's way

(... is a kind of block ) (American football) blocking a player's path with your body

"he ran interference for the quarterback"

(... is a kind of block ) (American football) an illegal block

(... is a kind of block ) (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword

Definition 2: a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides) - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the pyramids were built with large stone blocks

(block is a kind of ...) a man-made object taken as a whole

(... is a kind of block ) an iron block cut with holes and grooves to assist in cold working metal

(... is a kind of block ) a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed

(... is a kind of block ) block providing bracing for a runner's feet at start of a race

(... is a kind of block ) block consisting of a thick piece of something

(... is a kind of block ) a block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp

(... is a kind of block ) a small (usually square or hexagonal) metal block with internal screw thread to be fitted onto a bolt

(... is a kind of block ) a wooden block built into a masonry wall so that joinery structure can be nailed to it

(... is a kind of block ) metal that is cast in the shape of a block for convenient handling

(... is a kind of block ) a small rectangular block used in playing the game of dominoes; the face of each block has two equal areas that can bear 0 to 6 dots

(... is a kind of block ) a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube

(... is a kind of block ) metal block that connects to a piston; it slides on parallel guides and moves a connecting rod back and forth

(... is a kind of block ) a steady wooden block on which food can be cut or diced or wood can be split

(... is a kind of block ) a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object

(... is a kind of block ) a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)

"a bar of chocolate"

(... is a kind of block ) a block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel

(... is a kind of block ) a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering

(... is a kind of block ) a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper

"he dropped a case of type, so they made him pick them up"

Definition 3: an obstruction in a pipe or tube - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) any structure that makes progress difficult

(... is a kind of block ) a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing

(... is a kind of block ) blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly

(... is a kind of block ) a stoppage in a pipeline caused by gas bubbles (especially a stoppage that develops in hot weather in an internal-combustion engine when fuel in the gas line boils and forms bubbles that block the flow of gasoline to the carburetor)

Definition 4: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point

(... is a kind of block ) a pulley-block at the head of a topmast

(... is a kind of block ) a pulley-block used to guide a rope forming part of a ship's rigging to avoid chafing

(... is a kind of block ) a pulley on a shaft that presses against a guide belt to guide or tighten it

(... is part of block) pulley blocks with associated rope or cable

Definition 5: a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) object formed by a mold

(block is a part of ...) a chamber within which piston moves

(... is part of block) a heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine

(... is part of block) an internal-combustion engine in which the crankshaft is turned by pistons moving up and down in cylinders

Definition 6: a platform from which an auctioneer sells - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they put their paintings on the block

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) a raised horizontal surface

"the speaker mounted the platform"

Definition 7: housing in a large building that is divided into separate units - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is a block of classrooms in the west wing

(block is a kind of ...) structures collectively in which people are housed

(... is a kind of block ) a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells)

(... is a kind of block ) block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care

"they put her in a 4-bed ward"

Definition 8: an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something

(... is a kind of block ) an inability to write

"he had writer's block; the words wouldn't come"

Definition 9: a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit - [noun denoting group]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he reserved a large block of seats
  • he held a large block of the company's stock

(block is a kind of ...) several things grouped together or considered as a whole

Definition 10: a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings - [noun denoting location]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he lives in the next block

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

"it was a mountainous area" "Bible country"

Definition 11: (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably

(block is a kind of ...) a unit for measuring computer memory

(... is a kind of block ) (computer science) a block (usually one sector) that cannot reliably hold data

(block is a part of ...) the minimum track length that can be assigned to store information; unless otherwise specified a sector of data consists of 512 bytes

(block belongs to category ...) the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

Definition 12: a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) a three-dimensional shape

(... is a kind of block ) a brick-shaped block that looks like gold but is not

Definition 13: shape into a block or blocks - [verb of change]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • block the graphs so one can see the results clearly

(block is a kind of ...) give shape or form to

"shape the dough" "form the young child's character"

Definition 14: shape by using a block - [verb of change]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Block a hat
  • block a garment

(block is a kind of ...) give shape or form to

"shape the dough" "form the young child's character"

Definition 15: prohibit the conversion or use of (assets) - [verb of change]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Blocked funds
  • Freeze the assets of this hostile government

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) hold back; refuse to hand over or share

"The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"

Definition 16: be unable to remember - [verb of cognition]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'm drawing a blank
  • You are blocking the name of your first wife!

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of block ) pass out of one's memory

Definition 17: interfere with or prevent the reception of signals - [verb of communication]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Jam the Voice of America
  • block the signals emitted by this station

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) make a break in

"We interrupt the program for the following messages"

(... is a kind of block ) jam an entire frequency spectrum

"During the Cold War, the Soviets routinely barrage jammed to interfere with transmissions from the West"

(... is a kind of block ) jam a narrow band of frequencies

"We can counter point-jamming effectively"

(... is a kind of block ) jam a single frequency

"This operator is spot-jammed"

(... is a kind of block ) jam a broad spectrum of frequencies to affect all communications in the area except for directional antenna communications

Definition 18: impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball) - [verb of competition]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • block an attack

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) fight with fencing swords

Definition 19: render unsuitable for passage - [verb of contact]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • block the way
  • barricade the streets
  • stop the busy road

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) block passage through

"obstruct the path"

(... is a kind of block ) block off the passage through

"We shut off the valve"

(... is a kind of block ) bar access to

"Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours"

(block has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 20: obstruct - [verb of contact]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • My nose is all stuffed
  • Her arteries are blocked

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) become or cause to become obstructed

"The leaves clog our drains in the Fall" "The water pipe is backed up"

Definition 21: stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block - [verb of contact]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • block the book cover

(block is a kind of ...) raise in a relief

"embossed stationery"

Definition 22: support, secure, or raise with a block - [verb of contact]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • block a plate for printing
  • block the wheels of a car

(block is a kind of ...) be the physical support of; carry the weight of

"The beam holds up the roof" "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam" "What's holding that mirror?"

Definition 23: block passage through - [verb of contact]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • obstruct the path

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) be a hindrance or obstacle to

"She is impeding the progress of our project"

(... is a kind of block ) become or cause to become obstructed

"The leaves clog our drains in the Fall" "The water pipe is backed up"

(... is a kind of block ) render unsuitable for passage

"block the way" "barricade the streets" "stop the busy road"

(... is a kind of block ) block with earth, as after a landslide

(... is a kind of block ) prevent from entering

"block out the strong sunlight"

(... is a kind of block ) obstruct with, or as if with, a dam

"dam the gorges of the Yangtse River"

(... is a kind of block ) restrain from moving or operating normally

"Traffic is tied up for miles around the bridge where the accident occurred"

(... is a kind of block ) impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of

"The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"

(... is a kind of block ) prevent access to by barricading

"The street where the President lives is always barricaded"

(... is a kind of block ) block off with barricades

(... is a kind of block ) obstruct access to

Definition 24: shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight - [verb of perception]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage
  • The trees obstruct my view of the mountains

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) prevent from being seen or discovered

"hide the money"

(block has a similar meaning as ...) render unsuitable for passage

"block the way" "barricade the streets" "stop the busy road"

Definition 25: interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia - [verb of perception]

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • block a nerve
  • block a muscle

(block is a kind of ...) administer an anesthetic drug to

"The patient must be anesthetized before the operation" "anesthetize the gum before extracting the teeth"

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His brother blocked him at every turn

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) keep from happening or arising; make impossible

"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

(... is a kind of block ) obstruct or hinder any discussion

"Nixon stonewalled the Watergate investigation" "When she doesn't like to face a problem, she simply stonewalls"

(... is a kind of block ) obstruct deliberately by delaying

(... is a kind of block ) block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey

(... is a kind of block ) prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury

(... is a kind of block ) slow down or impede by creating an obstruction

"His laziness has bottlenecked our efforts to reform the system"

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Block his election
  • Halt the process

Synonyms for block in the sense of this definition

(block is a kind of ...) keep from happening or arising; make impossible

"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

(... is a kind of block ) prevent commerce

"The U.S. embargoes Libya"

(... is a kind of block ) stop a judicial process

"The judge stayed the execution order"

Samples where block or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • block trains

(block is a kind of ...) direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.

"She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"

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