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noun [countable] block pronunciation in British English /blɒk/
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  1. 1
    a large building with a lot of different levels
    There’s a flat available in the block where I live.
    an apartment/office/high-rise block
    block of flats: The whole block of flats was destroyed.
    1. a.
      a building that is part of a larger building or group of buildings
      The main block of the hotel dates back to 1650.
      The prison’s administration block overlooks the exercise yard.
  2. 2
    an area of buildings in a town or city with streets on all four sides
    I was early for the meeting, so I walked around the block a couple of times.
    1. a.
      mainly American the distance along a city street from where one road crosses it to the next road
      The school was only a few blocks from where she lived.
  3. 3
    a solid piece of wood, stone, ice etc with straight sides
    The baby was playing with wooden blocks.
    block of: It’s amazing to think that this huge statue was carved from a single block of marble.
  4. 4
    an amount of something, or a number of individual things that are considered together as a single object
    block of: The company buys blocks of seats from airlines, then sells them to the public.
    block of: You can move blocks of text on-screen using the mouse.
    1. a.
      computing an amount of information considered as one unit, used when writing computer programs
      block of: The hard disk contains a block of data known as the ‘boot’ section.
  5. 5
    a continuous period of time
    We need to find a two-hour block when we are all free for this seminar.
  6. 6
    [usually singular] something that stops you from doing something or being successful
    The issue of holiday pay was the major block in reaching an agreement.
  7. 7
    [usually singular] a short time when you are unable to think clearly or remember something that you usually know
    I had a sudden block and couldn’t remember his name.


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