Block

Block

(blk), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blocked (blkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Blocking.] [Cf. F. bloquer, fr. bloc block. See Block, n.] 1. To obstruct so as to prevent passage or progress; to prevent passage from, through, or into, by obstructing the way; -- used both of persons and things; -- often followed by up; as, to block up a road or harbor; to block an entrance.
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With moles . . . would block the port.
Rowe.
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A city . . . besieged and blocked about.
Milton.
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2. To secure or support by means of blocks; to secure, as two boards at their angles of intersection, by pieces of wood glued to each.
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3. To shape on, or stamp with, a block; as, to block a hat.
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4. to cause (any activity) to halt by creating an obstruction; as, to block a nerve impulse; to block a biochemical reaction with a drug.
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To block out, to begin to reduce to shape; to mark out roughly; to lay out; to outline; as, to block out a plan.
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