1. block, artifact, artefact

usage: a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"

2. block, city block, area, country

usage: a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block"

3. block, cube, solid

usage: a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides

4. block, collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage

usage: a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit; "he reserved a large block of seats"; "he held a large block of the company's stock"

5. block, housing, lodging, living accommodations

usage: housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"

6. block, computer memory unit

usage: (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted; "since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably"

7. block, mental block, inability

usage: an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension; "I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block"

8. pulley, pulley-block, pulley block, block, machine, simple machine

usage: a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope

9. engine block, cylinder block, block, cast, casting

usage: a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"

10. blockage, block, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage, obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta

usage: an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"

11. auction block, block, platform

usage: a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block"

12. blocking, block, obstruction

usage: the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements


1. barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar, obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up

usage: render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"

2. obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass, prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid

usage: hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"

3. stop, halt, block, kibosh, prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid

usage: stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process"

4. jam, block, interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut off

usage: interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station"

5. block, operate, run

usage: run on a block system; "block trains"

6. block, anesthetize, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anaesthetise, put under, put out

usage: interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; "block a nerve"; "block a muscle"

7. obstruct, block, hide, conceal

usage: shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight; "The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"; "The trees obstruct my view of the mountains"

8. block, emboss, boss, stamp

usage: stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; "block the book cover"

9. stuff, lug, choke up, block, clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke, foul

usage: obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"

10. obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up, impede, hinder

usage: block passage through; "obstruct the path"

11. block, hold, support, sustain, hold up

usage: support, secure, or raise with a block; "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car"

12. parry, block, deflect, fence

usage: impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"

13. forget, block, blank out, draw a blank

usage: be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"

14. block, shape, form

usage: shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment"

15. block, shape, form

usage: shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"

16. freeze, block, immobilize, immobilise, withhold, keep back

usage: prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"

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