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Pronunciation: /blɑːk; blɒk/

Translation of block in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (of wood) bloque (masculine); (of stone) bloque (masculine), sillar (masculine) alphabet/building blocks cubos (masculine plural) or (Mexico/México) tabiques (masculine plural) de letras/de construcción the executioner's block el tajo del verdugo he was sent to the block lo condenaron a ser decapitado to knock sb's block off [colloquial/familiar] romperle* la crisma a algn [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Other materials for terraces include bricks, rocks, concrete blocks, and similar masonry materials.
    • There, as it had been during his initial inspection, was a stone block wall just as solid as any other in the castle.
    • You're going to need a paved surface, concrete blocks, Tarmac even, so the delivery vehicles can get to the shops by the river.
    Example sentences
    • She took out a large knife from the cutting block and sliced a piece of cheese, promptly eating one.
    • Extracting a block of wood and a knife he held it up to her from his seat on the floor.
    (starting block)
    [Sport/Deporte] taco (masculine) de salida to be first off the blocks ser* el primero en la salida
    Example sentences
    • This also limits his ability to make downfield blocks on linebackers.
    • Moss, meanwhile, began running out every pattern, even when he was a decoy, and he started throwing blocks downfield.
    • Dilger doesn't hesitate to sell out on a block downfield or on the line.
    Example sentences
    • He picked up four late wickets by virtue of keeping the ball up in the blockhole.
    • Exactly half of his deliveries were on a good length, and while he banged 18 in short, another 11 were pitched well up in the blockhole.
    • He misses, the ball lands in the block hole, and makes contact with the pads.
    1.3 [Printing/Imprenta] (of metal) plancha (feminine); (of wood) placa (feminine), taco (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • He has a predilection for wallpaper and wrapping paper, to which he applies repetitive motifs using stamps made from cut and engraved blocks of wood dipped in printer's ink or paint.
    • The printing blocks are made of wood, metal and other materials.
    • The goal is to provide practical experience about block printing and registration of blocks.
    1.4 (of paper) bloc (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • The blocks of paper demolished the wall that was being repaired by builder David Gott after they were flung from the vehicle on the sharp corner bend approaching Keighley Road from Colne.
    • A large conference table and whiteboard occupied one side of the room; the other side was filled with desks, notebooks and drawing blocks.
    • if you want to make good watercolor sketches, pick up a block<(em> of watercolor paper in some portable size.
  • 2 (at auction) plataforma (feminine) ([ para subastas ]) they are putting their boat on the block next week la semana que viene subastan or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) rematan su barco
    Example sentences
    • Braille music uses the same system of raised dots on paper as standard Braille, with the top four dots in a block of six giving the note and the bottom two indicating its duration.
    • A block of 55,500 Petrol shares was sold at 14.31 and another 129,500 shares at 14.32.
    • The therapy involves undertaking six-week blocks of different exercises, spread over a year, with the aim of stimulating a part of the brain called the cerebellum.
  • 3 3.1 (space enclosed by streets) manzana (feminine); (distance between two streets) (American English/inglés norteamericano) cuadra (feminine) (Latin America/América Latina) , calle (feminine) (Spain/España) we went for a walk around the block fuimos a dar una vuelta a la manzana it's eight blocks from here (American English/inglés norteamericano) está a ocho cuadras (Latin America/América Latina) or (Spain/España) calles de aquí 3.2 (building) a block of flats (British English/inglés británico) un edificio de apartamentos or de departamentos (Latin America/América Latina) , una casa de pisos (Spain/España) an office block un edificio de oficinas the shower block el pabellón de las duchas
    Example sentences
    • At the same time in DC, three intimidating looking black guys pulled up in front of a big house on a tree-lined block in a suburban neighborhood.
    • The Trust owns about 70 percent of four blocks in that area.
    • Regular maintenance of the street ended after three blocks and the area beyond looked rougher.
    Example sentences
    • I would never backpack or turn a somersault or jump to the ground from even the most modest height or run the length of half a block.
    • Interior hallways run nearly the length of a city block, and could have resembled an endless, generic motel corridor.
    • Although the distance to the pool was only about the length of a short block, my feet felt as though they were about to fall off because they were so cold.
  • 6 6.1 (blockage) obstrucción (feminine), bloqueo (masculine) I have a complete block about left and right siempre me armo un lío con la derecha y la izquierda he has a mental block about physics tiene un bloqueo mental con la física 6.2 (obstacle) block to sth obstáculo (masculine)para algo 6.3 (embargo) bloqueo (masculine) to put a block on sth bloquear algo
    Example sentences
    • Secondly a whole set of conditions have been placed on the developing world, many of which have been seen by campaigners and the nations themselves, as a block to necessary progress.
    • If you break the rules of existence, there's usually a block to progress until you have connected things.
    • A high-profile civil case would mean lurid newspaper headlines and act as a block to any possibility of restarting a television career.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

Phrasal verbs

block in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (shade) [drawing/outline] sombrear 1.2 (hem in) [car/runner] cerrarle* el paso a

block off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[street] cortar; [pipe] cegar*

block out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (shut out) [thought/worry] ahuyentar, borrar de la mente 1.2 (obscure, obstruct) [sun/light] tapar

block up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (seal) [entrance/window] tapiar, cerrar* 1.2 (cause obstruction in) [drain/sink] atascar*, tapar (Latin America/América Latina) my nose is all blocked up tengo la nariz tapada 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (become obstructed) atascarse*, taparse (Latin America/América Latina)

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