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Block appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Broken back brake block
  • A bloke's bike back brake block broke.
  • A black bloke's back brake-block broke.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun block:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb block:


The word block is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun block

What does block mean as a name of something?

Block is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: blocks

  1. a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
    • example: the pyramids were built with large stone blocks
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • anvil = a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering
      • briquette / briquet = a block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel
      • cake / bar = a block of solid substance
      • chock / wedge = a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
      • chopping block = a steady wooden block on which food can be cut or diced or wood can be split
      • crosshead = metal block that connects to a piston
      • square block / cube = a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube
      • domino = a small rectangular block used in playing the game of dominoes
      • ingot = metal that is cast in the shape of a block for convenient handling
      • nog = a wooden block built into a masonry wall so that joinery structure can be nailed to it
      • nut = a small (usually square or hexagonal) metal block with internal screw thread to be fitted onto a bolt
      • inking pad / stamp pad / inkpad / pad = a block of absorbent material saturated with ink
      • slab = block consisting of a thick piece of something
      • starting block = block providing bracing for a runner's feet at start of a race
      • step = a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
      • swage block = an iron block cut with holes and grooves to assist in cold working metal
      • type = a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end
  2. a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
    • example: he lives in the next block
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of block: city block
    • more generic words: area / country = a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary
  3. a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonym of block: cube
    • more generic word: solid = a three-dimensional shape
    • more specific word: goldbrick = a brick-shaped block that looks like gold but is not
  4. a 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
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: accumulation / aggregation / assemblage / collection = several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  5. housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
    • example: there is a block of classrooms in the west wing
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: housing / living accommodations / lodging = structures collectively in which people are housed
    • more specific terms:
      • cellblock / ward = a division of a prison
      • hospital ward / ward = block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care
  6. (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
    • domain: computer science / computing
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic term: computer memory unit = a unit for measuring computer memory
    • more specific term: bad block = a block (usually one sector) that cannot reliably hold data
    • part: sector = the minimum track length that can be assigned to store information
  7. an 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
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of block: mental block
    • more generic word: inability = lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
    • more specific term: writer's block = an inability to write
  8. 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
  9. a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
  10. an obstruction in a pipe or tube
  11. a platform from which an auctioneer sells
    • example: they put their paintings on the block
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of block: auction block
    • more generic word: platform = a raised horizontal surface
  12. the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of block: blocking
    • more generic word: obstruction = getting in someone's way
    • more specific terms:
      • interference = blocking a player's path with your body
      • trap block = an illegal block
      • parry = blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword

Alternative definition of the noun block


  1. A substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.
  2. A cuboid of wood, plastic or other material used as a base on which to cut something.
  3. A group of urban lots of property, several acres in extent, not crossed by public streets
  4. A residential building consisting of flats.
  5. The distance from one street to another in a city that is built (approximately) to a grid pattern.
  6. [slang] The human head.
  7. A set of sheets (of paper) joined together at one end.
  8. [computing] A logical data storage unit containing one or more physical sectors (see cluster).
  9. [computing] A region of code in a program that acts as a single unit, such as a function or loop.
  10. [context: rigging] A case with one or more sheaves/pulleys, used with ropes to increase or redirect force, for example, as part of the rigging of a sailing ship.
  11. [chemistry] A portion of a macromolecule, comprising many units, that has at least one feature not present in adjacent portions.
  12. Something that prevents something from passing (see blockage).
  13. [sports] An action to interfere with the movement of an opposing player or of the object of play (ball, puck).
  14. [cricket] A shot played by holding the bat vertically in the path of the ball, so that it loses momentum and drops to the ground.
  15. [volleyball] A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter’s court.
  16. [philately] A joined group of four (or in some cases nine) postage stamps, forming a roughly square shape.
  17. A section of split logs used as fuel.

Specialised definition of the noun block

Glossary of sports

the act of stopping a function (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

something that causes an obstruction (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

starting blocks (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / badminton

a shot, usually from near the net, on which the racket is not swung, but simply used as a "backboard" to return the shuttlecock

Glossary of sports / bobsleighing

a piece of wood at the start line on which the brakeman places his feet in order to get a better start

Glossary of sports / cycling

the freewheel (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a rider's deliberate attempt to slow down a group when that rider does not want the group to catch another rider who has the lead (for tactical reasons) (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / luge

the portion of the start when an athlete puts the sled into a forward rock; followed by compression

Glossary of sports / motorsports

an engine's cylinder block

Glossary of sports / racquetball

a type of hinder on which the player prevents the opponent from seeing or getting to the ball

Glossary of sports / swimming

the platform from which a swimmer starts a race (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / table tennis

a return shot, where the ball is played shortly after the bounce with little bat movement at the point of contact (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a return shot on which the paddle is simply held in front of the ball, with little or no movement

a return shot, where the ball is played shortly after the bounce with little bat movement at the point of contact chop a defensive downward stroke that produces backspin

Glossary of sports / volleyball

a defensive formation of the net players for defending spikes hit by the opponent. The block is usually played by two players (double block), sometimes also with three players (triple block) or one player (single block). The timing of the initiation of the block is crucial. The players performing the block must jump up shortly after the attacker. The block is set-up within reach of the net with a strong push-off, straight arms and fingers spread out either as an active block with the aim of scoring a point or gaining the right to serve or as a passive block which reduces the effect of the attack and makes a controlled attack formation of the own team possible. An additional field player is positioned for block safety, i.e. he defends the zone that has become free due to the block player moving up and attempting to reach balls lobbed over the top of the block or deflected off the block. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

a wall of hands at the top of the net created to prevent a spike from getting through. Players' hands can reach over the net but they are not permitted to touch it (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / wrestling

a wrestlers attempt to prevent an opponent from shooting in

Definition of the verb block

What does block mean as a doing word?

Block is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: blocked | blocking | blocks

  1. render unsuitable for passage
  2. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    • example: His brother blocked him at every turn
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, arbitrary control with -ing]The rules forbid smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with preposition and -ing]The rules forbid us from smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]The rules forbid our smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]The rules forbid it

      Forbid Verbs (with the same syntax): ban, bar, deter, discourage, dissuade, forbid, hamper, hinder, impede, inhibit, obstruct, preclude, prevent, prohibit, restrain, stop.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of block: blockade / embarrass / hinder / obstruct / stymie / stymy
    • more generic words: forbid / foreclose / forestall / preclude / prevent = keep from happening or arising
    • more specific words:
      • stonewall = obstruct or hinder any discussion
      • filibuster = obstruct deliberately by delaying
      • check = block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
      • hang = prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
      • bottleneck = slow down or impede by creating an obstruction
  3. stop from happening or developing
    • examples: Block his election | They block him from writing the letter
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of block: halt / kibosh / stop
    • more generic words: forbid / foreclose / forestall / preclude / prevent = keep from happening or arising
    • more specific words:
      • embargo = prevent commerce
      • stay = stop a judicial process
  4. interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
    • example: block the signals emitted by this station
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of block: jam
    • more generic terms: break up / cut off / disrupt / interrupt = make a break in
    • more specific terms:
      • barrage jam = jam an entire frequency spectrum
      • point jam = jam a narrow band of frequencies
      • spot jam = jam a single frequency
      • blanket jam = jam a broad spectrum of frequencies to affect all communications in the area except for directional antenna communications
  5. run on a block system
    • example: block trains
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: operate / run = direct or control
  6. interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
  7. shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
  8. stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
    • example: block the book cover
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: boss / emboss / stamp = raise in a relief
  9. obstruct
  10. block passage through
  11. support, secure, or raise with a block
    • examples: block a plate for printing | block the wheels of a car
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: hold / hold up / support / sustain = be the physical support of
  12. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
    • example: block an attack
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of block: deflect / parry
    • more generic word: fence = fight with fencing swords
  13. be unable to remember
  14. shape by using a block
    • examples: Block a hat | block a garment
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: form / shape = give shape or form to
  15. shape into a block or blocks
    • example: block the graphs so one can see the results clearly
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: form / shape = give shape or form to
  16. prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

Alternative definition of the verb block


  1. [transitive] To fill (something) so that it is not possible to pass.
  2. [transitive] To prevent (something or someone) from passing.
  3. [transitive] To prevent (something from happening or someone from doing something).
  4. [transitive, sports] To impede an opponent.
  5. [transitive, theater] To specify the positions and movements of the actors.
  6. [transitive, cricket] To hit with a block.
  7. [intransitive, cricket] To play a block shot.
  8. [transitive] To disable communication via telephone, instant messaging, etc., with an undesirable someone.
  9. [computing] [intransitive] To wait.
  10. [transitive] to shape or mould [a hat] into the desired shape.

Specialised definition of the verb block

Glossary of sports / American football

to hinder the progress of an opposing player who does not have possession (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / basketball

to deflect the ball on its upward trajectory towards the basket; compare goal-tending (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / cycling

to disrupt a chase by slowing down the pace line. It can be the action of one or more riders. Blocking is often done to protect a teammate who's in the lead

Glossary of sports / golf

to hit a slice by delaying the rotation of the wrists, forcing the clubhead to arc from inside to outside at impact. Usually done deliberately because of the ball's location

Glossary of sports / tennis

to return the ball by holding the racket stationary rather than swinging it


  1. Block: A block is an administrative division of some South Asian countries. In the United States it is a synonym for a city block, which refers to a small part of a city or town.
  2. Block a.k.a. Block, Illinois: Block is an unincorporated community in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Block is located along the Union Pacific railroad line northeast of Villa Grove. Block was created in 1903-1904 when the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad built a line from Villa Grove, IL to Woodland, IL. The community was named for the landowner who plotted out the village.
  3. Block a.k.a. Block, Tennessee: Block is an unincorporated community and coal town in Campbell County, Tennessee. Its post office is closed.

There are other places with in their name, like Block 11, Horse Block, Block Island, Block Mountain, Old Dorm Block, El Modelo Block, Cell Block Museum, G. C. Moses Block, Block Island North Light, Block Island State Airport, Block Island Southeast Light, Block Island National Wildlife Refuge and Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba.


  1. Block a.k.a. Melvin Van Peebles: Melvin "Block" Van Peebles is an American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer.
  2. Block a.k.a. Jamie Block, also known by the alias Block, is a New York City-based musician, known for being a prominent member of New York's anti-folk movement.

There are other people with in their name, like Amy Block, Bob Block, Dan Block, Gay Block, Hal Block, Ina Block, Ira Block, Ken Block, Ned Block, Stu Block and many others.


  1. Block is a fictional character from the 2013 film Beavers.
  2. Block is a fictional character from the 2004 film Jersey Girl.

There are other characters with in their name, like Mr. Block, Block Heads, Block-Heads, Ellen Block, Josef Block, Alfred Block, Harlon Block and Antonius Block.


"Block" is a musical album of A Small Good Thing.

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  1. "Block" a.k.a. "Blokes" is a 2010 short film written and directed by Marialy Rivas.
  2. "Block" is a 2011 short independent film directed by Chadd Harbold and written by Mary Beth Minthorn and Helen Rogers.
  3. "Block" is a 2013 animation film directed by Neauman Poland.
    • genre: Animation
    • released in
  4. "Block" is a 1982 animated short film written and directed by Hieronim Neumann.


  1. Block: In basketball, a block, not to be confused with blocking, occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a field goal attempt from an offensive player. The defender must not touch the offensive player's hands or otherwise a foul is called. In order to be legal, the block must occur while the shot is traveling upward or at its apex. A deflected field goal that is made does not count as a blocked shot and simply counts as a successful field goal attempt for shooter plus the points awarded to the shooting team. Every successful blocked shot is counted as a missed field goal attempt for the shooter. Also, on a shooting foul, a blocked shot cannot be awarded or counted, even if the player who deflected the field goal attempt is different from the player who committed the foul. If the ball is heading downward when the defender hits it, it is ruled as goaltending and counts as a made basket. Goaltending is also called if the block is made after the ball bounces on the backboard.
    • also known as บล็อก (บาสเกตบอล), 盖帽
  2. Block: In computing, a block, sometimes called a physical record, is a sequence of bytes or bits, usually containing some whole number of records, having a maximum length, a block size. Data thus structured are said to be blocked. The process of putting data into blocks is called blocking, while deblocking is the process of extracting data from blocks. Blocked data is normally stored in a data buffer and read or written a whole block at a time. Blocking reduces the overhead and speeds up the handling of the data-stream. For some devices such as magnetic tape and CKD disk devices blocking reduces the amount of external storage required for the data. Blocking is almost universally employed when storing data to 9-track magnetic tape, to rotating media such as floppy disks, hard disks, optical discs and to NAND flash memory.
    • also known as Blocco dati, Record fisico, 块
  3. Block: Blocks in meteorology are large-scale patterns in the atmospheric pressure field that are nearly stationary, effectively "blocking" or redirecting migratory cyclones. They are also known as blocking highs or blocking anticyclones. These blocks can remain in place for several days or even weeks, causing the areas affected by them to have the same kind of weather for an extended period of time. In the Northern Hemisphere, extended blocking occurs most frequently in the spring over the eastern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
    • also known as 阻塞高氣壓
  4. Block: In computer programming, a block is a section of code which is grouped together. Blocks consist of one or more declarations and statements. A programming language that permits the creation of blocks, including blocks nested within other blocks, is called a block-structured programming language. Blocks are fundamental to structured programming, where control structures are formed from blocks.
  5. Block: On the Internet, a block is a technical measure intended to restrict access to information or resources. Blocking may be implemented by the owners of computers using software. Some countries such as China and Singapore block access to certain news information. In the United States, the Children's Internet Protection Act requires schools receiving federal funded discount rates for Internet access must install software which blocks obscene content, child pornography, and, where applicable, content “harmful to minors”.
    • also known as 禁止发言
  6. Block: In sailing, a block is a single or multiple pulley. One or a number of sheaves are enclosed in an assembly between cheeks or chocks. In use, a block is fixed to the end of a line, to a spar, or to a surface. A line is reeved through the sheaves, and maybe through one or more matching blocks at some far end, to make up a tackle.
  7. Block: In mathematics and group theory, a block system for the action of a group G on a set X is a partition of X that is G-invariant.
  8. Block a.k.a. License block: A license block is a geographically defined area for the purpose of prospecting, exploration and mining or extraction of natural resources. Licenses to prospect, explore or extract are issued for a specific period to one or more licensees. Each block is identified by a unique name or number.
  9. Block: In telecommunications a block is one of: A group of bits or digits that is transmitted as a unit and that may be encoded for error-control purposes. A string of records, words, or characters, that for technical or logical purposes are treated as a unit. Blocks are separated by interblock gaps, are delimited by an end-of-block signal, and may contain one or more records.
  10. The Block genre in gaming typically refers to war games which use square or rectangular wooden blocks as the game pieces. Block games are commonly associated with Columbia Games.
  11. Block is a family name.
  12. Block is a cricket batting stroke.

Phrases with Block

Phrases starting with the word Block:

  1. block up
  2. block off
  3. block out
  4. Block dump
  5. Block Hour
  6. block vote
  7. block grant

Phrases ending with the word Block:

  1. bad block
  2. Bur Block
  3. Hat block
  4. Boot Block
  5. city block
  6. Code Block
  7. line block
  8. tail block
  9. trap block
  10. wood block
  11. 1-2-3 Block
  12. 2-4-6 Block
  13. Basic block

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Block

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Google previewPfenninger and Fowler's Procedures for Primary Care (2010)

Expert Consult by John L. Pfenninger, Grant C. Fowler

A field block is a method of providing anesthesia to a relatively small area by injecting a “wall” of anesthetic solution across...

A nerve block is the infiltration of a local anesthetic near the nerve branch supplying sensation to a particular area.

Google previewThe Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Pacing (2008)

by Tom Kenny

For example, 2:1 Type II second-degree AV block means there are two P waves for every one QRS complex (Fig. 3.4). The most...

Google previewCircum-Pacific Plutonic Terranes (1983)

by J. A. Roddick

Geological Survey 345 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, California 94025 ABSTRACT The Salinian block is an elongate block of granitic basement that has presumably been displaced by large lateral movements on the San ...

Google previewPM: Program Manager (Online) January February 2003 Issue

The first block is a graphical or other depiction of the primary metric from this area . This is the metric that...

Google previewHandbook of Local Anesthesia - E-Book (2014)

by Stanley F. Malamed

The incisive nerve block is a valuable alternative to the inferior alveolar nerve block when treatment is limited to these teeth. To achieve anesthesia of the mandibular molars, however, the inferior alveolar nerve must be anesthetized, and this ...

Google previewJavaScript Developer's Dictionary (2002)

by Alexander J. Vincent

2+, JScript 3 + Nav4+, IE4+ Syntax do {codeBlock} while ( condition) The do...while statement starts a loop executing first the code block within ...

Google previewPatrick-Turner's Industrial Automation Dictionary (1996)

by Clarence T. Jones, S. Percy Jones

BLOW-LIFTING GRIPPER block diagram: A simplified schematic drawing used to convey general information about a particular operation,- typically used to illustrate such items as major hardware components with model numbers or names, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

block. out. The elimination of undesirable undercuts on a cast by the application of a temporary substance such as wax to the undercut areas, to leave only those undercuts essential to the planned prosthesis construction.

Google previewHenley's Encyclopaedia of Practical Engineering and Allied Trades ... (1908)

The pulleys at the jib head, or on the crab must be equal in number to those in the fall block. The length of chain or wire rope will have to be increased to correspond with the added lengths due to the extra pulleys and falls. The stresses in the ...

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Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe. (Frank Zappa)
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The value of this 5-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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