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American English: /blɑk/
British English: /blɒk/

Translation of block in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (of wood) alphabet/building blocks
    cubos (masculine plural) or (Mexico) 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 somebody's block off [colloquial]
    romperle la crisma a alguien [colloquial]
    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.
    also: starting block
    (Sport) to be first off the blocks
    ser el primero en la salida
    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) (of metal)
    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)
    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)
    (para subastas)
    they are putting their boat on the block next week
    la semana que viene subastan or (in Latin America also) rematan su barco
  • 3 3.1 (space enclosed by streets)
    (distance between two streets) (American English)
    we went for a walk around the block
    fuimos a dar una vuelta a la manzana
    it's eight blocks from here (American English)
    está a ocho cuadras (Latin America) or (Spain) calles de aquí
    3.2 (building) See examples: a block of flats (British English)
    un edificio de apartamentos or de departamentos (Latin America)
    una casa de pisos (Spain)
    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.
  • 4 (section — of income)
    (— of shares)
    (— of seats)
    (— of tickets)
    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.
    Example sentences
    • When speaking about hypertext, it refers specifically to blocks of text connected by hyperlinks.
    • Maybe you type the same blocks of text into your email messages thirty times a day.
    • Text messaging, which allows blocks of text up to 160 characters long to be sent, has been a huge success with 50 million being sent in Britain alone every day.
  • 6 6.1 (blockage) 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) See examples:block to something
    obstáculo (masculine) para algo
    6.3 (embargo) to put a block on something
    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

  • 1 1.1 (obstruct)
    you're blocking my way
    me estás impidiendo or bloqueando el paso
    that fat man is blocking my view
    ese gordo no me deja ver
    1.2 my nose is blocked
    Example sentences
    • The road was blocked off and the 93 bus couldn't get through, so I caught another one which took me all around the houses, but it was still stuck in traffic.
    • Emergency services were called and the road was blocked off.
    • Major roads were blocked off, threatening huge traffic disruption.
    1.3block out
  • 2 2.1 (prevent)
    2.2 (Sport)
    Example sentences
    • He brought his stave up and I quickly dropped my left hand, dealing him a one-handed blow on the side off his arm before bringing my own stave up to block his blow.
    • Every single one of his intended blows was blocked and parried, even when the man tripped and fell backwards.
    • Two shots were blocked but the ball eventually fell to Chambers who slotted it into the far corner.
    Example sentences
    • He was unable to pierce the field and his method of blocking the ball with soft hands close to the wickets to pinch quick singles just didn't work.
    • And with the Aussie bowling around the wicket into the rough, he is content to let the ball hit his front pad and block the over out.
    • He declined to play attacking shots for the best part of his stay at the crease, not even looking to score, and instead blocked, padded up or left the ball alone.
    Example sentences
    • Fortunately I think our firewall had been blocking the access attempts, but the popup ads were still happening.
    • But this Council finds the idea distasteful and is blocking every attempt to find a suitable location.
    • Can you blame the Senate blocking his half-baked attempts at policy formulation?
    Example sentences
    • The U.S. has rallied 120 nations to block assets of suspected terrorist groups.
    • In his evidence, he said that if the acquisition was blocked, it would have been a waste of a ‘tremendous amount of time and energy’.
    • This has been blamed for blocking overseas-bound investment by mainland enterprises.
  • 4 (align)
    Example sentences
    • The idea of blocking access where someone is using a lot of bandwidth just doesn't work.
    • It was a matter of blocking the critical political web sites.
    • If requested by police it can block telephone numbers to stop someone calling out, including texting.

intransitive verb

  • (Sport)
    Example sentences
    • On passes, the offense relies on tight ends to block linebackers and sometimes defensive ends.
    • He suffered the injury when he was blocked low on a screen pass.
    • Supposedly he managed to retain his agility as he put on weight, which should help him in pulling and getting out to block linebackers.

Phrasal verbs

block in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (shade)
1.2 (hem in)
cerrarle el paso a

block off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

block out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (shut out)
borrar de la mente
1.2 (obscure, obstruct)

block up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (seal)
1.2 (cause obstruction in) my nose is all blocked up
2verb + adverb (become obstructed)
taparse (Latin America)

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