Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun block

12 senses of block

Sense 1
block -- (a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks")
       => artifact, artefact -- (a man-made object taken as a whole)

Sense 2
block, city block -- (a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block")
       => area, country -- (a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country")

Sense 3
block, cube -- (a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides)
       => solid -- (a three-dimensional shape)

Sense 4
block -- (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")
       => collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage -- (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Sense 5
block -- (housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing")
       => housing, lodging, living accommodations -- (structures collectively in which people are housed)

Sense 6
block -- ((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")
       => computer memory unit -- (a unit for measuring computer memory)

Sense 7
block, mental block -- (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")
       => inability -- (lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something)

Sense 8
pulley, pulley-block, pulley block, block -- (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)
       => machine, simple machine -- (a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point)

Sense 9
engine block, cylinder block, block -- (a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked")
       => cast, casting -- (object formed by a mold)

Sense 10
blockage, block, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage -- (an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe")
       => obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta -- (any structure that makes progress difficult)

Sense 11
auction block, block -- (a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block")
       => platform -- (a raised horizontal surface; "the speaker mounted the platform")

Sense 12
blocking, block -- (the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements)
       => obstruction -- (getting in someone's way)

Antonyms of verb block

1 of 16 senses of block

Sense 16
freeze, block, immobilize, immobilise -- (prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government")
       Antonym of unblock (Sense 3)
      => unblock, unfreeze, free, release -- (make (assets) available; "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb block

16 senses of block

Sense 1
barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar -- (render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road")
       => obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up -- (block passage through; "obstruct the path")

Sense 2
obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass -- (hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn")
       => prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid -- (keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project")

Sense 3
stop, halt, block, kibosh -- (stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process")
       => prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid -- (keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project")

Sense 4
jam, block -- (interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station")
       => interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut off -- (make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages")

Sense 5
block -- (run on a block system; "block trains")
       => operate, run -- (direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan")

Sense 6
block -- (interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; "block a nerve"; "block a muscle")
       => anesthetize, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anaesthetise, put under, put out -- (administer an anesthetic drug to; "The patient must be anesthetized before the operation"; "anesthetize the gum before extracting the teeth")

Sense 7
obstruct, block -- (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")
       => hide, conceal -- (prevent from being seen or discovered; "Muslim women hide their faces"; "hide the money")

Sense 8
block -- (stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; "block the book cover")
       => emboss, boss, stamp -- (raise in a relief; "embossed stationery")

Sense 9
stuff, lug, choke up, block -- (obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked")
       => clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke, foul -- (become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up")

Sense 10
obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up -- (block passage through; "obstruct the path")
       => impede, hinder -- (be a hindrance or obstacle to; "She is impeding the progress of our project")

Sense 11
block -- (support, secure, or raise with a block; "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car")
       => hold, support, sustain, hold up -- (be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?")

Sense 12
parry, block, deflect -- (impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack")
       => fence -- (fight with fencing swords)

Sense 13
forget, block, blank out, draw a blank -- (be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!")

Sense 14
block -- (shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment")
       => shape, form -- (give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character")

Sense 15
block -- (shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly")
       => shape, form -- (give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character")

Sense 16
freeze, block, immobilize, immobilise -- (prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government")
       => withhold, keep back -- (hold back; refuse to hand over or share; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room")

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