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block US English

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

power bloc US English

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

block in power bloc US English

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

block US Thesaurus

a block of cheese

Jo block US English

A Johansson block; usually in plural.

key block US English

A block placed at the summit of an arch or other structure, locking the whole together; a keystone.

pin block US English

The part of a piano or harpsichord holding the tuning pins

block-book US English

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

block grant US English

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

block party US English

A party for all the residents of a block or neighborhood, typically held on a closed-off city street

block plane US 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 US English

A vote proportional in power to the number of people a delegate represents

brake block US English

A block of hard material pressed against the rim of a wheel to slow it down by friction, typically one of a pair made of hardened rubber used on a bicycle

cell block US English

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

city block US English

A section of a city bounded by (usually four) intersecting streets or other thoroughfares; (also) the length of one side of such an area, especially as a measure of distance.

cock-block US English

And with object to impede the romantic or sexual advances of a person (usually a man) towards another.

field block US English

Injection of local anaesthetic into the tissues surrounding an operative field, in order to produce regional anaesthesia; an instance of this.

fruit block US English

A farm on which fruit is grown

hand block US English

A block used in printing textiles, paper, etc., by hand.

hand-block US English

To print (an image, pattern, colour, etc.) on to fabric or paper by means of a hand block.

head block US English

In a sawmill: a support which holds the log on the carriage while it is being sawn.

heart block US English

Partial or total blockage of the passage of electrical impulses in the heart, typically resulting in cardiac arrhythmia; an instance or type of this.

horse-block US English

A mounting block

knife block US English

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

meat block US English

A block of wood on which meat is cut up.

nerve block US English

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

patio block US English

A square concrete slab of a kind suitable for making patios.

pitch block US English

In metalworking: a block with a slightly yielding surface made from a mixture including pitch, on which metal objects are placed during engraving or embossing.

point block US English

A tower block with flats, offices, etc., built around a central lift or staircase.

power block US English

Politics = power bloc.

rack block US English

A wooden frame containing several sheaves.

rift block US English

A block of depressed or elevated crust bounded by rifts or lying within a rift; a graben or a horst.

scrub block US English

A rural landholding covered in thick brushwood or stunted forest growth

small block US English

A compact and lightweight engine block, especially for a V8 engine; frequently attributive.

swage block US English

A grooved or perforated block for shaping metal

tower block US English

A tall modern building containing numerous floors of offices or flats

block diagram US English

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

block heater US English

A device for heating the engine block of a vehicle

Block Island US English

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

block letters US English

Plain capital letters

block release US English

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

block system US English

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

breeze block US English

British term for cinder block.

butcher block US English

A material used to make kitchen countertops and tables, consisting of strips of hardwood glued together

cinder block US English

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

mental block US English

An inability to recall some specific thing or perform some mental action

monkey block US English

A kind of block used in the rigging of sailing vessels.

mooring block US English

A block of cast iron or concrete to which a vessel is moored.

nozzle block US English

A block on or in which one or more nozzles is fixed.

office block US English

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

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