Webster 1913 Edition
A piece of wood more or less bulky; a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more plane, or approximately plane, faces;
blockon which a butcher chops his meat; a
blockby which to mount a horse; children’s playing
Now all our neighbors' chimneys smoke,
All her labor was but as a
Left in the quarry.
Left in the quarry.
The solid piece of wood on which condemned persons lay their necks when they are beheaded.
Noble heads which have been brought to the
The wooden mold on which hats, bonnets, etc., are shaped.
The pattern or shape of a hat.
He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next
A large or long building divided into separate houses or shops, or a number of houses or shops built in contact with each other so as to form one building; a row of houses or shops.
A square, or portion of a city inclosed by streets, whether occupied by buildings or not.
The new city was laid out in rectangular
blockcontaining thirty building lots. Such an average
block, comprising 282 houses and covering nine acres of ground, exists in Oxford Street.
Lond. Quart. Rev.
A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap, by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded, to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; – used especially in the rigging of ships, and in tackles.
The perch on which a bird of prey is kept.
Any obstruction, or cause of obstruction; a stop; a hindrance; an obstacle; – also called
as, a; a
blockin the way; a
blockin an artery; a
blockin a nerve
blockin a biochemical pathway.
A piece of box or other wood for engravers' work.
A piece of hard wood (as mahogany or cherry) on which a stereotype or electrotype plate is mounted to make it type high.
A blockhead; a stupid fellow; a dolt.
blockart thou !
A section of a railroad where the block system is used. See
Block system, below.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
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;
blockup a road or harbor; to
With moles . . . would
A city . . . besieged and
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.
To shape on, or stamp with, a block;
To block out,
to begin to reduce to shape; to mark out roughly; to lay out; to outline;
block outa plan
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A heavy piece of timber or wood, usually with one plain surface;or it is rectangular, and rather thick than long.
2.Any mass of matter with an extended surface; as a block of marble, a piece rough from the quarry.
3.A massy body, solid and heavy; a mass of wood, iron, or other metal, with at least one plain surface, such as artificers use.
4.The wood on which criminals are beheaded.
5.Any obstruction, or cause of obstruction; a stop; hindrance; obstacle.
6.A piece of wood in which a pulley runs; used also for the pulley, or the block itself and the sheaves, or wheels.
7.A blockhead; a stupid fellow.
8.Among cutters in wood, a form made of hard wood, on which they cut figures in relief with knives,chisels, &c.
9.In falconry, the perch whereon a bird of prey is kept.