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block British & World English

A large solid piece of hard material, especially rock, stone, or wood, typically with flat surfaces on each side

blockhole in block British & World English

The spot on which a batsman rests the end of the bat while waiting to receive a ball

power bloc British & World English

An association of groups, especially nations, having a common interest and acting as a single political force

block in power bloc British & World English

An association of groups, especially nations, having a common interest and acting as a single political force

pin block British & World English

The part of a piano or harpsichord holding the tuning pins

block-book British & World English

Book (a large quantity of tickets, seats, hotel rooms, etc.) at the same time

block grant British & World English

A grant from central government which a local authority can allocate to a wide range of services

block party British & World English

A party for all the residents of a block or neighbourhood, usually held outdoors

block plane British & World English

A carpenter’s plane with a blade set at an acute angle, used especially for planing across the end grain of wood

block vote British & World English

A vote proportional in power to the number of people a delegate represents, used particularly at a trade-union conference

brake block British & World English

A block of hard material pressed against the rim of a wheel to slow it down by friction, especially on a bicycle

cell block British & World English

A large single building or part of a complex subdivided into separate prison cells

nerve block British & World English

The production of insensibility in a part of the body by injecting an anaesthetic close to the nerves that supply it

swage block British & World English

A grooved or perforated block for shaping metal

tower block British & World English

A tall modern building containing numerous floors of offices or flats

horse-block British & World English

A mounting block

knife block British & World English

A block of wood or other solid material, containing long hollow grooves in which kitchen knives can be inserted up to the handle

block booking British & World English

An act or instance of reserving a large number of tickets, seats, hotel rooms, etc. at the same time

block diagram British & World English

A diagram showing in schematic form the general arrangement of the parts or components of a complex system or process, such as an industrial apparatus or an electronic circuit

block heater British & World English

A storage heater

Block Island British & World English

A resort island in southern Rhode Island, in the Atlantic Ocean at the eastern end of Long Island Sound

block letters British & World English

Plain capital letters; block capitals

block release British & World English

A system of allowing employees the whole of a stated period off work in order to undertake an educational course

block system British & World English

A system of railway signalling which divides the track into sections and allows no train to enter a section that is not completely clear

breeze block British & World English

A lightweight building brick made from small cinders mixed with sand and cement

cinder block British & World English

North American term for breeze block.

mental block British & World English

An inability to recall something or to perform a mental action

office block British & World English

A large multistorey building containing the offices of one or more companies

pulley block British & World English

A block or casing in which one or more pulleys are mounted

pillow block British & World English

The housing for a wheel or journal bearing

temple block British & World English

A percussion instrument consisting of a hollow block of wood which is struck with a stick

tackle block British & World English

A pulley over which a rope runs

thrust block British & World English

A casting or frame carrying or containing the bearings on which the collars of a propeller shaft press

block something in in block British & World English

Paint something with solid areas of colour

block something out in block British & World English

Stop something such as light or noise from reaching somewhere

on the block British & World English

For sale at auction

block capitals British & World English

Plain capital letters

block mountain British & World English

A mountain formed by natural faults in the earth’s crust

building block British & World English

A child’s wooden or plastic toy brick

chopping block British & World English

A block for chopping wood or food

butcher's block British & World English

A sturdy wooden kitchen table with a square top on which food may be chopped

mounting block British & World English

A block of stone or low wooden steps from which a rider mounts a horse

starting block British & World English

A shaped rigid block for bracing the feet of a runner at the start of a race

stumbling block British & World English

A circumstance that causes difficulty or hesitation

writer's block in writer British & World English

The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing

writer's block British & World English

The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing

chock-a-block British & World English

Crammed full of people or things

block something in British & World English

Paint something with solid areas of colour

block and tackle British & World English

A lifting mechanism consisting of ropes, a pulley block, and a hook


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