|Origin:||bloc, from Middle Dutch blok|
block1 S2 W2 [countable]
a piece of hard material such as wood or stone with straight sides
a) American English
the distance along a city street from where one street crosses it to the next:
Head for 44th Street, a few blocks east of Sixth Avenue.
The church is down the block.
the four city streets that form a square around an area of buildings:
Let's walk round the block.
She grew up playing with the other kids on the block.
c) Australian English
a large piece of land:
a ten acre block near the city
a large building divided into separate parts
an office block
the school science block
a quantity of things of the same kind, considered as a single unit
quantity of things
New employees receive a block of shares in the firm.
Set aside blocks of time for doing your homework.
an arrangement that is made for a whole group to buy something or to vote together
the temporary loss of your normal ability to think, learn, write etc:
inability to think[usually singular]
I have a mental block whenever I try to remember my password.
After his second novel Garland had writer's block (=he could not write anything).
something that prevents movement or progress
stopping movement[usually singular]
block to➔ roadblock, stumbling block
a major block to progress
in the past, a solid block of wood on which someone's head was cut off as a punishment
to risk destroying other people's opinion of you or losing your job by doing or saying something:
I'm not prepared to put my head on the block for him.
a movement in sport that stops an opponent going forward or playing the ball forward
to be sold, especially at an auction:
$500 million worth of art will go on the block.