HyperDic: block

English > 28 senses of the word block:
NOUNartifactblocka solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
locationblock, city blocka rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
shapeblock, cubea three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
groupblocka number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit
artifactblockhousing in a large building that is divided into separate units
quantityblock(computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted
cognitionblock, mental blockan inability to remember or think of something you normally can do
artifactblock, pulley, pulley-block, pulley blocka 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
artifactblock, engine block, cylinder blocka metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
artifactblock, blockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppagean obstruction in a pipe or tube
artifactblock, auction blocka platform from which an auctioneer sells
actblock, blockingthe act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
VERBcontactblock, barricade, blockade, stop, block off, block up, barrender unsuitable for passage
socialblock, obstruct, blockade, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrasshinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
socialblock, stop, halt, kiboshstop from happening / happening or developing
communicationblock, jaminterfere with or prevent the reception of signals
socialblockrun on a block system
perceptionblockinterrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
perceptionblock, obstructshut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
contactblockstamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
contactblock, stuff, lug, choke upobstruct
contactblock, obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, close upblock passage through
contactblocksupport, secure, or raise with a block
competitionblock, parry, deflectimpede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
cognitionblock, forget, blank out, draw a blankbe unable to remember
changeblockshape by using a block
changeblockshape into a block or blocks
changeblock, freeze, immobilize, immobiliseprohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
block > pronunciation
Soundsblaa'k
Rhymesaftershock ... woodcock: 87 rhymes with aak...
English > block: 28 senses > noun 1, artifact
MeaningA solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides).
Example"the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
NarroweranvilA heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals / metals are shaped by hammering
briquette, briquetA block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel
cake, barA block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
chock, wedgeA block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
chopping blockA steady wooden block on which food can be cut or diced or wood can be split
crossheadmetal block that connects to a piston
cube, square blockA block in the (approximate) shape of a cube
dominoA small rectangular block used in playing the game / game of dominoes
ingotMetal that is cast / cast in the shape of a block for convenient handling
nogA wooden block built into a masonry wall so that joinery structure can be nailed to it
nutA small (usually square or hexagonal) metal block with internal screw thread to be fitted onto a bolt
pad, inkpad, inking pad, stamp padA block of absorbent material saturated with ink
slabBlock consisting of a thick piece of something
starting blockBlock providing bracing for a runner's feet at start of a race
stepA solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
swage blockAn iron block cut with holes and grooves to assist in cold working metal
typeA small metal block bearing a raised character on one end
Broaderartifact, artefactA man-made object taken as a whole
Spanishbloque
Adjectivesblockyresembling a block in shape
English > block: 28 senses > noun 2, location
MeaningA rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings.
Example"he lives in the next block"
Synonymcity block
Broaderarea, countryA particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
Spanishcuadra, manzana
Catalanbloc, illa urbana
English > block: 28 senses > noun 3, shape
MeaningA three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides.
Synonymcube
NarrowergoldbrickA brick-shaped block that looks like gold but is not
BroadersolidA three-dimensional shape
Spanishbloque, cubo
Catalanbloc
Adjectivesblockyresembling a block in shape
Verbsblockshape by using a block
English > block: 28 senses > noun 4, group
MeaningA number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit.
Examples
  • "he reserved a large block of seats"
  • "he held a large block of the company's stock"
Broadercollection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblageSeveral things grouped together or considered as a whole
English > block: 28 senses > noun 5, artifact
Meaninghousing in a large building that is divided into separate units.
Example"there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
Narrowercellblock, wardA division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells)
ward, hospital wardBlock forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care
Broaderhousing, lodging, living accommodationsstructures collectively in which people are housed
Spanishbloque
English > block: 28 senses > noun 6, quantity
Meaning(computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted.
Example"since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms 'block' and 'sector' are sometimes used interchangeably"
Categorycomputer science, computingThe branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
PartssectorThe minimum track length that can be assigned to store information
Narrowerbad block(computer science) a block (usually one sector) that cannot reliably hold data
Broadercomputer memory unitA unit for measuring computer memory
English > block: 28 senses > noun 7, cognition
MeaningAn inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension.
Example"I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block"
Synonymmental block
Narrowerwriter's blockAn inability to write
Broaderinabilitylack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
Spanishbloqueo mental, bloqueo
Verbsblockbe unable to remember
English > block: 28 senses > noun 8, artifact
MeaningA 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.
Synonymspulley, pulley-block, pulley block
Part ofblock and tacklepulley blocks with associated rope or cable
Narrowerbollock, bullock blockA pulley-block at the head of a topmast
fairleadA pulley-block used to guide a rope forming part of a ship's rigging to avoid chafing
idle pulley, idler pulley, idle wheelA pulley on a shaft that presses against a guide belt to guide or tighten it
Broadermachine, simple machineA device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
Spanishgarrucha, polea, roldana
Catalancorriola, politja
English > block: 28 senses > noun 9, artifact
MeaningA metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine.
Example"the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
Synonymsengine block, cylinder block
Part ofinternal-combustion engine, ICEA heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace
reciprocating engineAn internal-combustion engine in which the crankshaft is turned by pistons moving up and down in cylinders
Partscylinder, piston chamberA chamber within which piston moves
Broadercast, castingobject formed by a mold
Spanishbloque
Catalanbloc del motor
English > block: 28 senses > noun 10, artifact
MeaningAn obstruction in a pipe or tube.
Example"we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
Synonymsblockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage
Narrowerbreechblock, breech closerA metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing
plug, stopper, stoppleBlockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
vapor lock, vapour lockA 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)
Broaderobstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimentaAny structure that makes progress difficult
Spanishbloque, bloqueo, cierre, detención, obstrucción, oclusión, parada
Catalandestorb, obstacle
Verbsblockobstruct
English > block: 28 senses > noun 11, artifact
MeaningA platform from which an auctioneer sells.
Example"they put their paintings on the block"
Synonymauction block
BroaderplatformA raised horizontal surface
English > block: 28 senses > noun 12, act
MeaningThe act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements.
Synonymblocking
Narrowerinterference(American football) blocking a player's path with your body
parry(fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
trap block(American football) an illegal block
BroaderobstructionGetting in someone's way
Spanishbloqueo
Catalanblocatge, bloqueig, interferència
Verbsblockimpede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
English > block: 28 senses > verb 1, contact
MeaningRender unsuitable for passage.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"block the way"
Synonymsbarricade, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar
Narrowerclosebar access to
shut off, block off, close offblock off the passage through
Broaderobstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close upBlock passage through
Similar toobstruct, blockshut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
Spanishbloquear, obstruir
Catalanblocar, bloquejar, obstruir
Nounsblockagethe act of blocking
blockingthe act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
English > block: 28 senses > verb 2, social
Meaninghinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"His brother blocked him at every turn"
Synonymsobstruct, blockade, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass
Narrowerbottleneckslow down or impede by creating an obstruction
checkBlock or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
filibusterobstruct deliberately by delaying
hangprevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
stonewallobstruct or hinder any discussion
Broaderprevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbidKeep from happening / happening or arising
Spanishapenar, bloquear, dificultar, entorpecer, estorbar, impedir, obstaculizar, obstruir
Catalandificultar, obstaculitzar, obstruir
Nounsblockagethe act of blocking
blockagethe physical condition of blocking or filling a passage with an obstruction
English > block: 28 senses > verb 3, social
MeaningStop from happening / happening or developing.
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelThey block him from writing the letter
Example"Block his election"
Synonymsstop, halt, kibosh
Narrowerembargoprevent commerce
staystop a judicial process
Broaderprevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbidKeep from happening / happening or arising
Spanishbloquear, detener, estancar, obstruir, parar
Catalanaturar, detenir, estancar, obstruir, parar
Nounsblockagethe act of blocking
English > block: 28 senses > verb 4, communication
Meaninginterfere with or prevent the reception of signals.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example "block the signals emitted by this station"
Synonymjam
Narrowerbarrage jamjam an entire frequency spectrum
blanket jamjam a broad spectrum of frequencies to affect all communications in the area except for directional antenna communications
point jamjam a narrow band of frequencies
spot jamjam a single frequency
Broaderinterrupt, disrupt, break up, cut offmake a break / break in
Spanishbloquear, interceptar, interferir
Catalanblocar, interferir
English > block: 28 senses > verb 5, social
MeaningRun on a block system.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"block trains"
Broaderoperate, rundirect or control
English > block: 28 senses > verb 6, perception
Meaninginterrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "block a nerve"
  • "block a muscle"
Broaderanesthetize, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anaesthetise, put under, put outAdminister an anesthetic drug to
Nounsblockera class of drugs that inhibit (block) some biological process
English > block: 28 senses > verb 7, perception
Meaningshut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight.
PatternSomething ----s something
Example"The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"
Synonymobstruct
Broaderhide, concealprevent from being seen or discovered
Similar tobarricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, barRender unsuitable for passage
Spanishbloquear, esconder, obstruir, ocultar
Catalanobstruir
Nounsblockagethe act of blocking
English > block: 28 senses > verb 8, contact
MeaningStamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"block the book cover"
Broaderemboss, boss, stampRaise in a relief
English > block: 28 senses > verb 9, contact
Meaningobstruct.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example "Her arteries are blocked"
Synonymsstuff, lug, choke up
Broaderclog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke, foulBecome or cause to become obstructed
Oppositeunstuff, loosen upCause to become unblocked
Spanisharrastrar, atascar, bloquear, obstruir, tapar
Catalanembussar-se
Nounsblockage, blockan obstruction in a pipe or tube
English > block: 28 senses > verb 10, contact
MeaningBlock passage through.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsobstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, close up
Narrowerbarricade, barricadoblock off with barricades
barricadeprevent access to by barricading
barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, barRender unsuitable for passage
blockade, block offobstruct access to
clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke, foulBecome or cause to become obstructed
dam, dam upobstruct with, or as if with, a dam
land up, earth upBlock with earth, as after a landslide
screen, block outprevent from entering
suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate, chokeimpair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
tie upRestrain from moving or operating normally
Broaderimpede, hinderBe a hindrance or obstacle to
Oppositefree, disengageFree or remove obstruction from
Spanishbloquear, entorpecer, estorbar, obstaculizar, obstruir, ocluir
Catalanblocar, obstruir
Nounsblockingthe act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
English > block: 28 senses > verb 11, contact
Meaningsupport, secure, or raise with a block.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Examples
  • "block a plate for printing"
  • "block the wheels of a car"
Broaderhold, support, sustain, hold upBe the physical support of
English > block: 28 senses > verb 12, competition
Meaningimpede the movement of (an opponent or a ball).
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"block an attack"
Synonymsparry, deflect
Broaderfencefight with fencing swords
Spanishdesviar, obstruir, parar
Catalanobstruir
Nounsblockagethe act of blocking
blockera football player whose responsibility is to block players attempting to stop an offensive play
blocking, blockthe act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
English > block: 28 senses > verb 13, cognition
MeaningBe unable to remember.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Example "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
Synonymsforget, blank out, draw a blank
Narrowerslip, slip one's mindPass out of one's memory
Oppositeremember, retrieve, recall, call back, call up, recollect, thinkrecall knowledge from memory
Spanisholvidar, quedarse en blanco
Catalanoblidar, quedar-se en blanc
Nounsblockan inability to remember or think of something you normally can do
English > block: 28 senses > verb 14, change
Meaningshape by using a block.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Examples
  • "Block a hat"
  • "block a garment"
Broadershape, formGive shape or form to
Nounsblocka three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
English > block: 28 senses > verb 15, change
Meaningshape into a block or blocks.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
Broadershape, formGive shape or form to
English > block: 28 senses > verb 16, change
Meaningprohibit the conversion or use of (assets).
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelThey block the money
Example"Blocked funds"
Synonymsfreeze, immobilize, immobilise
Broaderwithhold, keep backhold back
Oppositeunblock, unfreeze, free, releasemake (assets) available
Spanishbloquear, congelar
Catalanblocar, congelar

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