Block - (v. t.) 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.
Block - (v. t.) The solid piece of wood on which condemned persons lay their necks when they are beheaded.
Block - (v. t.) The wooden mold on which hats, bonnets, etc., are shaped.
Block - (v. t.) The pattern or shape of a hat.
Block - (v. t.) 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.
Block - (v. t.) A square, or portion of a city inclosed by streets, whether occupied by buildings or not.
Block - (v. t.) A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap, by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded, to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; -- used especially in the rigging of ships, and in tackles.
Block - (v. t.) The perch on which a bird of prey is kept.
Block - (v. t.) Any obstruction, or cause of obstruction; a stop; a hindrance; an obstacle; as, a block in the way.
Block - (v. t.) A piece of box or other wood for engravers' work.
Block - (v. t.) A piece of hard wood (as mahogany or cherry) on which a stereotype or electrotype plate is mounted to make it type high.
Block - (v. t.) A blockhead; a stupid fellow; a dolt.
Block - (v. t.) A section of a railroad where the block system is used. See Block system, below.
Block - (n.) 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.
Block - (n.) 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.
Block - (n.) To shape on, or stamp with, a block; as, to block a hat.
Blocked - (imp. & p. p.) of Block
Blocking - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Block
Blockade - (v. t.) The shutting up of a place by troops or ships, with the purpose of preventing ingress or egress, or the reception of supplies; as, the blockade of the ports of an enemy.
Blockade - (v. t.) An obstruction to passage.
Blockaded - (imp. & p. p.) of Blockade
Blockading - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Blockade
Blockade - (v. t. ) To shut up, as a town or fortress, by investing it with troops or vessels or war for the purpose of preventing ingress or egress, or the introduction of supplies. See note under Blockade, n.
Blockade - (n.) Hence, to shut in so as to prevent egress.
Blockade - (n.) To obstruct entrance to or egress from.
Blockader - (n.) One who blockades.
Blockader - (n.) A vessel employed in blockading.
Blockage - (n.) The act of blocking up; the state of being blocked up.
Block book - () A book printed from engraved wooden blocks instead of movable types.
Blockhead - (n.) A stupid fellow; a dolt; a person deficient in understanding.
Blockheaded - (a.) Stupid; dull.
Blockheadism - (n.) That which characterizes a blockhead; stupidity.
Blockhouse - (n.) An edifice or structure of heavy timbers or logs for military defense, having its sides loopholed for musketry, and often an upper story projecting over the lower, or so placed upon it as to have its sides make an angle wit the sides of the lower story, thus enabling the defenders to fire downward, and in all directions; -- formerly much used in America and Germany.
Blockhouse - (n.) A house of squared logs.
Blocking - (n.) The act of obstructing, supporting, shaping, or stamping with a block or blocks.
Blocking - (n.) Blocks used to support (a building, etc.) temporarily.
Blocking course - () The finishing course of a wall showing above a cornice.
Blockish - (a.) Like a block; deficient in understanding; stupid; dull.
Blocklike - (a.) Like a block; stupid.
Block tin - () See under Tin.
Breechblock - (n.) The movable piece which closes the breech of a breech-loading firearm, and resists the backward force of the discharge. It is withdrawn for the insertion of a cartridge, and closed again before the gun is fired.
Chockablock - (a.) Hoisted as high as the tackle will admit; brought close together, as the two blocks of a tackle in hoisting.
Fish-block - (n.) See Fish-tackle.
Gablock - (n.) A false spur or gaff, fitted on the heel of a gamecock.
Pillar-block - (n.) See under Pillow.
Plumber block - () A pillow block.
Snatch block - () a kind of block with an opening in one side to receive the bight of a rope.
Stumbling-block - (n.) Any cause of stumbling, perplexity, or error.
Tailblock - (n.) A block with a tail. See Tail, 9.
Top-block - (n.) A large ironbound block strapped with a hook, and, when used, hung to an eyebolt in the cap, -- used in swaying and lowering the topmast.
Block - —n. 1 solid piece of hard material, esp. Stone or wood. 2 this as a base for chopping etc., as a stand, or for mounting a horse from. 3 a large building, esp. When subdivided. B group of buildings between streets. 4 obstruction. 5 two or more pulleys mounted in a case. 6 piece of wood or metal engraved for printing. 7 slang head. 8 (often attrib.) Number of things as a unit, e.g. Shares, theatre seats (block booking). 9 sheets of paper glued along one edge. —v. 1 a (often foll. By up) obstruct. B impede. 2 restrict the use of. 3 cricket stop (a ball) with a bat defensively. block in 1 sketch roughly; plan. 2 confine. Block out 1 shut out (light, noise, a memory, view, etc.). 2 sketch roughly; plan. Block up confine; enclose. [low german or dutch]
Blockade - —n. Surrounding or blocking of a place by an enemy to prevent entry and exit. —v. (-ding) subject to a blockade.
Blockage - n. Obstruction.
Block and tackle - n. System of pulleys and ropes, esp. For lifting.
Blockbuster - n. Slang 1 thing of great power, esp. A very successful film, book, etc. 2 highly destructive bomb.
Block capitals - n.pl. (also block letters) letters printed without serifs, or written with each letter separate and in capitals.
Blockhead - n. Stupid person.
Blockhouse - n. 1 reinforced concrete shelter. 2 hist. Small fort of timber.
Block vote - n. Vote proportional in power to the number of people a delegate represents.
Breeze-block - n. Lightweight building block, esp. Of breeze mixed with sand and cement.
Chock-a-block - predic. Adj. (often foll. By with) crammed together or full.
Mental block - n. Inability due to subconscious mental factors.
Psychological block - n. Mental inhibition caused by emotional factors.
Roadblock - n. Barrier set up on a road in order to stop and examine traffic.
Starting-block - n. Shaped block for a runner's feet at the start of a race.
Stumbling-block - n. Obstacle.
Sunblock - n. Lotion protecting the skin from the sun.
Tackle-block - n. Pulley over which a rope runs.
Tower block - n. Tall building containing offices or flats.
Unblock - v. Remove an obstruction from.
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