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block
  • noun
    A large solid piece of hard material, especially rock, stone, or wood, typically with flat surfaces on each side. (a block of marble)
    A large single building subdivided into separate rooms, flats, or offices. (a block of flats)
    A large quantity or allocation of things regarded as a unit. (a block of shares)
    An obstacle to the normal progress or functioning of something. (substantial demands for time off may constitute a block to career advancement)
    A flat area of something, especially a solid area of colour. (cover the eyelid with a neutral block of colour)
    A pulley or system of pulleys mounted in a case. (a simple pulley block)
    verb
    Make the movement or flow in (a passage, pipe, road, etc.) difficult or impossible. (block up the holes with sticky tape)
    Impress text or a design on (a book cover). (Original blue cloth, spine lettered and blocked in gold.)
    Shape or reshape (a hat) on a mould. (nobody cleans and blocks old felt hats any more)

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