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[uhn-blok] /ʌnˈblɒk/
verb (used with object)
to remove a block or obstruction from:
to unblock a channel; to unblock a person's credit.
Bridge. to play (a suit) so that the last card of the suit in one hand can provide access to the hand of the partnership having the longer holding in the suit.
Origin of unblock
1605-15; un-2 + block Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unblock
  • The regulator can do the opposite, too: it can unblock the ribosome on command in order to start making that protein.
  • The heat generated will create a small vacuum that should unblock your ears and ease any pain.
  • They will also gain more leeway to block and unblock benefits.
  • But he said little about how to unblock the banking system or tame public spending.
  • The priority, in terms of stemming the panic, is to unblock clogged credit markets.
  • These functions shall unblock threads blocked on a condition variable.
  • Workers tried to unblock a pump by running it in reverse.
  • If the ducts are blocked by a tumor, a fine tube may be inserted into the duct to unblock it.
British Dictionary definitions for unblock


verb (transitive)
to remove a blockage from (a pipe, etc)
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