block - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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.

    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.

  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 ‘bootsection.

  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.

  8. 8
    something that stops movement through a place or along something

    There must be a block in the pipeline.

  9. 9

    the blocks

    [plural] two pieces of metal or wood that runners use at the start of a race to push their feet against