block NOUN 1) a large solid piece of material with flat surfaces on each side. 2) chiefly Brit. a large single building subdivided into separate flats or offices. 3) a group of buildings bounded by four streets. 4) a large quantity of things regarded as a unit. 5) an obstacle to progress. 6) a solid area of colour on a surface. 7) (also cylinder block or engine block) a large metal moulding containing the cylinders of an internal-combustion engine. 8) a pulley or system of pulleys mounted in a case.
VERB 1) prevent movement or flow in. 2) impede or prevent (an action or movement). 3) (block out/in) mark out (an outline) or shade in roughly.
knock someone's block off — Cf. ↑knock someone's block off
put one's head (or neck) on the block — Cf. ↑put one's neck on the block
DERIVATIVES blocker noun blocky adjective.

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  • blocky — 1879, from BLOCK (Cf. block) (n.) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Blockily; blockiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • blocky — [bläk′ē] adj. blockier, blockiest 1. having contrasting blocks or patches 2. of or like a block; stocky; chunky …   English World dictionary

  • blocky — adjective (blockier; est) Date: circa 1879 1. resembling a block in form ; chunky 2. filled with or made up of blocks or patches …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • blocky — /blok ee/, adj., blockier, blockiest. 1. heavily built; solid; stocky. 2. marked by blocks or patches of unequally distributed light and shade, as in a photograph. [1870 75; BLOCK + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • blocky — adjective Resembling a block in shape …   Wiktionary

  • blocky — Synonyms and related words: chubby, chunky, dumpy, fat, podgy, pudgy, pug, pugged, retrousse, snub nosed, squat, squattish, squatty, stocky, stubbed, stubby, stumpy, thickset, tubby, turned up …   Moby Thesaurus

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  • blocky — adj. heavyset, stocky, stout …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blocky — block•y [[t]ˈblɒk i[/t]] adj. block•i•er, block•i•est 1) heavily built; stocky 2) marked by blocks or patches, as in a photograph • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

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