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block

 (blŏk)
n.
1.
a. A solid piece of a hard substance, such as wood, having one or more flat sides.
b. Such a piece used as a construction member or as a support.
c. Such a piece upon which chopping or cutting is done: a butcher's block.
d. Such a piece upon which persons are beheaded.
e. One of a set of small wooden or plastic pieces, such as a cube, bar, or cylinder, used as a building toy.
f. Printing A large amount of text.
g. Sports A starting block.
2. A stand from which articles are displayed and sold at an auction: Many priceless antiques went on the block.
3. A mold or form on which an item is shaped or displayed: a hat block.
4. A substance, such as wood or stone, that has been prepared for engraving.
5.
a. A pulley or a system of pulleys set in a casing.
b. An engine block.
6. A bloc.
7. A set of like items, such as shares of stock, sold or handled as a unit.
8. A group of four or more unseparated postage stamps forming a rectangle.
9. Canadian A group of townships in an unsurveyed area.
10.
a. A usually rectangular section of a city or town bounded on each side by consecutive streets.
b. A segment of a street bounded by consecutive cross streets and including its buildings and inhabitants.
11. A large building divided into separate units, such as apartments.
12. A length of railroad track controlled by signals.
13. Something that obstructs; an obstacle: The disabled car formed a block in traffic.
14. The act of preventing someone or something from advancing, passing, or progressing, as:
a. Sports An act of bodily obstruction, as of a player or the ball.
b. Football An act of legally using one's body to obstruct or move a defensive player so that a player in possession of the ball may advance downfield, pass, or otherwise execute an offensive play.
15. Medicine Interruption or obstruction of a physiological function: nerve block.
16. Psychology A sudden cessation of speech or a thought process without an immediate observable cause, sometimes considered a consequence of repression. Also called mental block.
17. Slang The human head: threatened to knock my block off.
v. blocked, block·ing, blocks
v.tr.
1.
a. To stop or impede the passage of or movement through; obstruct: block traffic; mud that blocked the pipe.
b. To prevent from happening, succeeding, or progressing: blocked every attempt to reform the rules.
c. To shut out from view: a curtain blocking the stage.
d. To stop the passage of (a motion or bill) in a legislative assembly.
e. Sports To prevent or slow the movement of (an opponent) by using one's body, as by making a block in football.
f. Sports To stop or deflect (a ball or puck) by using one's body.
g. Medicine To interrupt or obstruct the functioning of (a physiological process), especially by the use of drugs.
h. Psychology To fail to remember.
2. To support, strengthen, or retain in place by means of a block.
3. To shape, mold, or form with or on a block: block a hat.
4. To indicate broadly without great detail; sketch. Often used with out: block out a plan of action; block out stage movements.
5. To run (trains) on a block system.
v.intr.
1. Sports
a. To obstruct the movement of an opponent by using one's body.
b. To stop or deflect a ball or puck by using one's body.
2. To suffer a mental block. Often used with on: I blocked on his name.
Phrasal Verb:
block out
1. To cover over so as to be illegible: block out sensitive information from a document before releasing it.
2. To repress (a traumatic event, for example) from conscious memory.
Idioms:
go on the block
To be offered for sale.
out of the blocks
From a starting position, as in a race or contest: The company has in the past been slow out of the blocks to adapt to consumer tastes.
put on the block
To offer for sale.

[Middle English blok, from Old French bloc, from Middle Dutch.]

block′er n.
Synonyms: block, hide1, obscure, obstruct, screen, shroud
These verbs mean to cut off from sight: a tree that blocked the view; a road hidden by brush; mist that obscured the mountain peak; skyscrapers obstructing the sky; a fence that screens the alley; a face shrouded by a heavy veil.

blocking

(ˈblɒkɪŋ)
n
1. (Electronics) electronics the interruption of anode current in a valve because of the application of a high negative voltage to the grid
2. (Communications & Information) internal congestion in a communication system that prevents the transmission of information
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blocking - the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movementsblocking - the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
obstruction - getting in someone's way
interference - (American football) blocking a player's path with your body; "he ran interference for the quarterback"
trap block - (American football) an illegal block
parry - (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
Translations

blocking

n (psych) bloqueo
References in classic literature ?
Joe was too busy living through the storm he had already caused, blocking, covering up, and ducking into the safety and respite of the clinches.
At the beginning of the battle they stood blocking the way to Moscow and they still did so at the end of the battle as at the beginning.
We can vary our scheme slightly by having our line "slip" to the play side (the linemen step to their outside play-side gap, blocking a man on them, or in the play-side gap.
Current copyright law and blocking software licenses prevent consumers from looking under the hood of the blocking products they buy," says Anne Beeson, litigation director of the American Civil Liberties Union Technology and Liberty Program.
If a call blocking command has been attached by the party making the call, the call will go through but the identifying information will not be relayed.
the world's leading interactive services company, announced that it has reached the milestone of blocking over two billion spam emails in a single day, when it blocked 2.
Since blocking is a very aggressive skill, in many ways this philosophy complements the assertive nature of the skill.
In conjunction with the customer's security policy, Block on Exposure will only execute the blocking instruction if the newly exposed vulnerability is defined as an unacceptable or unnecessary network and business risk.
The blocking of the tight end, playside guard, and tackle is the same: Block down on the first defender from your inside gap.
The "complete" blocking option routinely prevents the caller's number from being sent to any called party each time a call is made.
Other customers may choose "selective" blocking (also called "per call" blocking), which automatically sends the number, unless the customer chooses to dial star 67 (1167 on rotary phones) before placing the call, which will block number delivery of a call from that line, except for 800, 900 and 911 calls.