- block1 [ blak ] noun count ***▸ 1 piece of wood/stone etc.▸ 2 distance along street▸ 3 amount/quantity of something▸ 4 period of time▸ 5 (large) building▸ 6 at start of race▸ 7 something that stops movement▸ 8 something that stops action▸ 9 when you cannot think▸ + PHRASES1. ) a solid piece of wood, stone, ice, etc. with straight sides:The baby was playing with wooden blocks.block of: It's amazing to think that this huge statue was carved from a single block of marble.2. ) AMERICAN the distance along a city street from where one road crosses it to the next road:The school was only a few blocks from where she lived.a ) an area of buildings in a town or city with streets on all four sides:I was early for the meeting, so I walked around the block a couple of times.3. ) an amount of something, or a number of individual things that are considered together as a single object:block of: The company buys blocks of seats from airlines, then sells them to the public.You can move blocks of text on-screen using the mouse.a ) COMPUTING an amount of information considered as one unit:block of: The hard disk contains a block of data known as the boot.b ) AUSTRALIAN an area of land, especially for building on4. ) a continuous period of time:We need to find a two-hour block when we are all free for this seminar.5. ) a building that is part of a larger building or group of buildings:The prison's administration block overlooks the exercise yard.a ) a large building with a lot of different levels:There's a unit available in the apartment block where I live.6. ) the blocks plural two pieces of metal or wood that runners use at the start of a race to push their feet against: STARTING BLOCKS7. ) something that stops movement through a place or along something: BLOCKAGE:There must be a block in the pipeline.a ) a movement that stops someone from hitting you or from going forward8. ) usually singular something that stops you from doing something or being successful:The issue of vacation pay was the major block in reaching an agreement.9. ) usually singular a short time when you are unable to think clearly or remember something that you usually know:mental block: I had a sudden mental block and couldn't remember his name.=> WRITER'S BLOCKhave been around the block (a couple of/a few times) INFORMALto have a lot of experience of something, especially when this means that it is difficult to trick or surprise youI'll knock your/his etc. block off SPOKENused for threatening to hit someone who has annoyed youon the blockfor sale at an AUCTION (=a public sale where people offer money to buy things)put your head/neck on the blocktake a risk by doing or saying something that might damage your reputation, make people criticize you, etc.=> CHIP1, KID1, STUMBLING BLOCKblockblock 2 [ blak ] verb transitive **1. ) block or block up to stop something from moving through or along something else:An old car was blocking the road.Something is blocking the flow of water through the pipe.a ) to stop someone from going past you by standing in front of them:block someone's way/exit/path etc.: A crowd of people blocked his way to the gate.He stood by the door, deliberately blocking her exit.b ) to use your body to stop someone from hitting something, or to stop a ball from going somewhere:In blocking the linebacker, Mario sprained his shoulder.She expertly blocked all her opponent's punches.2. ) to use your power to stop something from being done or from succeeding:She accused him of blocking her promotion.The plan to build a new nursery school was blocked by local residents.a ) to stop a natural process from happening:The drug acts by blocking the release of testosterone.3. ) to be in front of someone so that they cannot see something or so that light cannot reach them:Her hat was blocking his view of the screen.Don't stand in the doorway, you're blocking the light.4. ) to mark a piece of writing or other information on a computer screen so you can do something with it:You block a passage of text and hit Control+C to center it on the page.,block `in phrasal verb transitive1. ) to stop someone from moving their car out of a place:When I came back to the parking lot my car was blocked in.2. ) to completely cover a large area of something such as a painting with one color:Broad flat brushes are useful when you are blocking in color.3. ) block in or block out to plan something large or complicated by organizing your general ideas for it:Just block in the main points for now and we'll sort the details out later.,block `off phrasal verb transitive1. ) to cover or close something completely so that nothing can move through it:Snow had blocked off several streets.2. ) to completely stop something from happening or progressing,block `out phrasal verb transitive1. ) to stop light or sound from reaching something:That tree in the neighbor's yard blocks out a lot of our light.2. ) to stop yourself from thinking about or remembering something:He had always managed to block out the incident.3. ) same as BLOCK IN 3,block `up phrasal verb transitivesame as BLOCK 2 1:We had continual problems with leaves blocking up the gutters.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.