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Herbert Lawrence (Herblock) 1909–2001, U.S. cartoonist.
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block (blɒk)
1.  a large solid piece of wood, stone, or other material with flat rectangular sides, as for use in building
2.  any large solid piece of wood, stone, etc, usually having at least one face fairly flat
3.  such a piece on which particular tasks may be done, as chopping, cutting, or beheading
4.  Also called: building block one of a set of wooden or plastic cubes as a child's toy
5.  a form on which things are shaped or displayed: a wig block
6.  slang a person's head (esp in the phrase knock someone's block off)
7.  slang (Austral), (NZ) do one's block to become angry
8.  a dull, unemotional, or hardhearted person
9.  a large building of offices, flats, etc
10.  a.  a group of buildings in a city bounded by intersecting streets on each side
 b.  the area or distance between such intersecting streets
11.  (Austral), (NZ) an area of land for a house, farm, etc
12.  (Austral), (NZ) a log, usually a willow, fastened to a timber base and used in a wood-chopping competition
13.  an area of land, esp one to be divided for building or settling
14.  See cylinder block
15.  a.  a piece of wood, metal, or other material having an engraved, cast, or carved design in relief, used either for printing or for stamping book covers, etc
 b.  (Brit) a letterpress printing plate, esp one mounted type-high on wood or metal
16.  See also block and tackle a casing housing one or more freely rotating pulleys
17.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) on the block up for auction
18.  the act of obstructing or condition of being obstructed, as in sports
19.  an obstruction or hindrance
20.  pathol
 a.  interference in the normal physiological functioning of an organ or part
 b.  See heart block
 c.  See nerve block
21.  psychol a short interruption of perceptual or thought processes
22.  obstruction of an opponent in a sport
23.  a.  a section or quantity, as of tickets or shares, handled or considered as a single unit
 b.  (as modifier): a block booking; block voting
24.  a.  a stretch of railway in which only one train may travel at a time
 b.  (as modifier): a block signal
25.  Compare strip an unseparated group of four or more postage stamps
26.  a pad of paper
27.  computing a group of words treated as a unit of data on a tape, disk, etc
28.  athletics short for starting block
29.  cricket a mark made near the popping crease by a batsman to indicate his position in relation to the wicket
30.  informal a chip off the old block a person who resembles one of his or her parents in behaviour
31.  to shape or form (something) into a block
32.  to fit with or mount on a block
33.  to shape by use of a block: to block a hat
34.  (often foll by up) to obstruct (a passage, channel, etc) or prevent or impede the motion or flow of (something or someone) by introducing an obstacle: to block the traffic; to block up a pipe
35.  to impede, retard, or prevent (an action, procedure, etc)
36.  to stamp (a title, design, etc) on (a book cover, etc) by means of a block (see sense 12), esp using gold leaf or other foil
37.  (esp of a government or central bank) to limit the use or conversion of assets or currency
38.  (also intr) sport to obstruct or impede movement by (an opponent)
39.  (intr) to suffer a psychological block
40.  to interrupt a physiological function, as by use of an anaesthetic
41.  (also intr) cricket to play (a ball) defensively
[C14: from Old French bloc, from Dutch blok; related to Old High German bloh]

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Word Origin & History

"solid piece," c.1300, from O.Fr. bloc "log, block" (13c.), via M.Du. bloc "trunk of a tree" or O.H.G. bloh, both from PIE *bhlugo-, from *bhelg- "a thick plank, beam" (see balk). Slang sense of "head" is from 1630s. The meaning in city block is 1796, from the notion of a "compact
mass" of buildings; slang meaning "fashionable promenade" is 1869. Extended sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1640s. The verb "to obstruct" is from 1560s.
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Medical Dictionary

block (blŏk)

  1. Interruption, especially obstruction, of a normal physiological function.

  2. Interruption, complete or partial, permanent or temporary, of the passage of a nervous impulse.

  3. Atrioventricular block.

  4. Sudden cessation of speech or a thought process without an immediate observable cause, sometimes considered a consequence of repression.

v. blocked, block·ing, blocks
To arrest passage through; obstruct.
block'age (blŏk'ĭj) n.
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Science Dictionary
block and tackle   (blŏk)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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