People learn how to cover things, how to block out pain, but I cannot do that.
It would be wise to block out the time to read this in one sitting.
The obvious response is to click into your calendar and block out the time.
They block out all ambient noise and turn your seat into an oasis of silence.
Such a person will often go a block out of his way to avoid meeting a person of the opposite sex.
Then less git ashore and drap the block out, though it's an orful pity to lose it in the drink.
Was the alienation between these two so complete as to block out natural sympathy?
George ran to get the pike-pole; and for some moments they tried to push, or pull, the block out.
He seemed to take up an immense amount of room, and to block out the light a great deal, in whatever part of the room he stood.
In the street he would go a block out of his intended way to evade the familiar spectacle of some wretched beggar.
"solid piece," c.1300, from Old French bloc "log, block" of wood (13c.), via Middle Dutch bloc "trunk of a tree" or Old High German bloh, from a common Germanic source, from PIE *bhlugo-, from *bhelg- "a thick plank, beam" (see balk).
Meaning "mould for a hat" is from 1570s. Slang sense of "head" is from 1630s. Extended sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1640s. In cricket from 1825; in U.S. football from 1912. The meaning in city block is 1796, from the notion of a "compact mass" of buildings; slang meaning "fashionable promenade" is 1869.
BLOCK. A term applied in America to a square mass of houses included between four streets. It is a very useful one. [Bartlett]
Interruption, especially obstruction, of a normal physiological function.
Interruption, complete or partial, permanent or temporary, of the passage of a nervous impulse.
Sudden cessation of speech or a thought process without an immediate observable cause, sometimes considered a consequence of repression.
|block and tackle |
An arrangement of pulleys and ropes used to reduce the amount of force needed to move heavy loads. One pulley is attached to the load, and rope or chains connect this pulley to a fixed pulley. Each pulley may have multiple grooves or wheels for the rope to pass over numerous times. Pulling the rope or chain slowly draws the load-bearing pulley toward the fixed one with high mechanical advantage.