Meaning of BLOCK in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ blɒk ]

( blocks, blocking, blocked)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A block of flats or offices is a large building containing them.

...blocks of council flats.

...a white-painted apartment block.

N-COUNT : usu with supp , oft N of n


A block in a town is an area of land with streets on all its sides.

She walked four blocks down High Street...

He walked around the block three times.



A block of a substance is a large rectangular piece of it.

...a block of ice.

N-COUNT : usu N of n


To block a road, channel, or pipe means to put an object across it or in it so that nothing can pass through it or along it.

Some students today blocked a highway that cuts through the center of the city...

He can clear blocked drains.

VERB : V n , V-ed


If something blocks your view, it prevents you from seeing something because it is between you and that thing.

...a row of spruce trees that blocked his view of the long north slope of the mountain.

= obstruct

VERB : V n


If you block someone’s way, you prevent them from going somewhere or entering a place by standing in front of them.

I started to move round him, but he blocked my way...

VERB : V n


If you block something that is being arranged, you prevent it from being done.

For years the country has tried to block imports of various cheap foreign products...

VERB : V n


A block of something such as tickets or shares is a large quantity of them, especially when they are all sold at the same time and are in a particular sequence or order.

Those booking a block of seats get them at reduced rates.

N-COUNT : usu N of n


If you have a mental block or a block , you are temporarily unable to do something that you can normally do which involves using, thinking about, or remembering something.

N-COUNT : usu supp N


a chip off the old block: see chip

see also breeze-block , building block , roadblock , starting block , stumbling block , tower block

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