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  • the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
  • a platform from which an auctioneer sells
    • they put their paintings on the block
  • an obstruction in a pipe or tube
    • we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe
  • a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
    • the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked
  • 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
  • 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
  • (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
  • housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
    • there is a block of classrooms in the west wing
  • 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
  • a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
  • a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
    • he lives in the next block
  • a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
    • the pyramids were built with large stone blocks
  • prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
    • Blocked funds
    • Freeze the assets of this hostile government
  • shape into a block or blocks
    • block the graphs so one can see the results clearly
  • shape by using a block
    • Block a hat
    • block a garment
  • be unable to remember
    • I'm drawing a blank
    • You are blocking the name of your first wife!
  • impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
    • block an attack
  • support, secure, or raise with a block
    • block a plate for printing
    • block the wheels of a car
  • block passage through
    • obstruct the path
  • obstruct
    • My nose is all stuffed
    • Her arteries are blocked
  • stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
    • block the book cover
  • 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
  • interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
    • block a nerve
    • block a muscle
  • run on a block system
    • block trains
  • interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
    • Jam the Voice of America
    • block the signals emitted by this station
  • stop from happening or developing
    • Block his election
    • Halt the process
  • hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    • His brother blocked him at every turn
  • render unsuitable for passage
    • block the way
    • barricade the streets
    • stop the busy road
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