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building block

noun
1.
block (def 2).
2.
one of a set of cube-shaped blocks used by children to make simple constructions.
3.
a basic element or component:
the building blocks of proteins.
Origin of building block
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • I was shown in Virginia City a building block of land that rents for ten times what it cost four years ago.

    Greater Britain Charles Wentworth Dilke
  • It includes law of that time which is the same, similar, or a building block to the law of today.

  • The little one wanted to play "catch," but Susy saw a great deal more sport in building block houses.

    Little Prudy Sophie May
British Dictionary definitions for building block

building block

noun
1.
a block of stone or other material, larger than a brick, used in building
2.
a component that fits with others to form a whole: standardized software building blocks
3.
another name for (the child's toy) block
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