My friend was busy at his easel, blocking out a poster for a breakfast-food.
You may find it necessary to use the mallet for the greater part of the blocking out, but it need not be much used in finishing.
Ignore all minor detail for the present, blocking out the design in masses.
There were no lights: it was a black shape, lost in the blackness of the mountain sky, that was blocking out the stars.
In the case of foreshortenings, the eye, unaided by this blocking out, is always apt to be led astray.
After the great earthquake at Lisbon many strengthening additions were made to the interior, blocking out most of the light.
On the right, the Clarendon and the Schools, blocking out the western sky.
Far above him the gleaming, wedge-shaped bulk of the Perseus loomed colossally, blocking out a fifth of the sky.
Dan assisted Mr. Holloway in blocking out scenes for the movie, and was told he had done an excellent job.
It towers above us, blocking out the sky as a street of six-storey houses would do.
"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.
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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.