Definition of block
What does the word block mean?
part of speech: verb transitive
Obstruct (passage &c.); put obstacles in way of (progress &c.); b. up, in, confine; (Parl.) announce opposition to (bil; see prec.); (Cricket) stop (ball) with bat; shape (hats); emboss (book cover); b. out, in, sketch roughly, plan, (work). [French]
part of speech: noun
Log of wood, tree-stump, (chip of old b., child like his father esp. in character; cut bb. With razor, waste ingenuity &c.); large piece of wood for chopping or hammering on (the b., death by beheading) or mounting horse from; mould for shaping hats on, shape; barber\'s b., wooden head for wigs; pulley, system of pulleys mounted in case; piece of wood engraved for printing; bulky piece of anything; unhewn lump of rock; prepared piece of building-stone; collection of buildings bounded by (usu. four) streets; stolid or hard-hearted person, whence blockish a.; obstruction, (Parl.) notice that a bill will be opposed, which prevents its being taken at certain times& so often kills it; (traffic) jammed vehicles unable to proceed; B. system on railways, by which no train may enter a section till it is clear; (Cricket) spot on which batsman blocks ball& rests bat before playing; b.-chain, kind of endless chain used in bicycle &c.; blockhead, dolt; blockhouse, detached fort (orig. one blocking passage), sometimes one of connected chain of posts, also one storeyed timber building with loopholes, also house of squared logs. [French]