the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
a platform from which an auctioneer sells
"they put their paintings on the block"
- auction block
an obstruction in a pipe or tube
"we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
"the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
- engine block - cylinder block
a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope
- pulley block - pulley block
an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do
often caused by emotional tension
"I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block"
- mental block
(computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted
"since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably"
housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
"there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit
"he reserved a large block of seats"
"he held a large block of the company's stock"
a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
"he lives in the next block"
- city block
a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
"the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
"Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
shape into a block or blocks
"block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
shape by using a block
"Block a hat"
"block a garment"
be unable to remember
"I'm drawing a blank"
"You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
- blank out - draw a blank
impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
"block an attack"
support, secure, or raise with a block
"block a plate for printing"
"block the wheels of a car"
block passage through
"obstruct the path"
- close up
"My nose is all stuffed"
"Her arteries are blocked"
- choke up
stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
"block the book cover"
shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
"The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"
"The trees obstruct my view of the mountains"
interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
"block a nerve"
"block a muscle"
run on a block system
interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
"Jam the Voice of America"
"block the signals emitted by this station"
stop from happening or developing
"Block his election"
"Halt the process"
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
"His brother blocked him at every turn"
render unsuitable for passage
"block the way"
"barricade the streets"
"stop the busy road"
- block off - block up