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[n] the act of blocking someone's path with your body (as in football); "he threw a rolling block into the line backer"
[n] a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block"
[n] a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
[n] housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
[n] an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
[n] a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
[n] 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
[n] 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"
[n] a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block"
[n] 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"
[n] (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"
[n] a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
[v] impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball), as in sports or fights; "block an attack"
[v] prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
[v] shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
[v] shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment"
[v] be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
[v] interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station"
[v] support, secure, or raise with a block; "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car"
[v] block passage through; "obstruct the path"
[v] render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"
[v] obstruct, as of a passage; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"
[v] stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; "block the book cover"
[v] shut out from view; "The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"
[v] interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; "block a nerve"; "block a muscle"
[v] run on a block system; "block trains"
[v] hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"
[v] stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process"

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