• Stone-cutters Finishing the Dressing of Limestone Blocks
    Stone-cutters Finishing the Dressing of Limestone Blocks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blocking the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Name of Kheops Drawn in Red on Several Blocks Of the Great Pyramid the Name of Kheops Drawn in Red on Several Blocks Of the Great Pyramid
Section of Block-Plane Section of Block-Plane
Using the Block-Plane and Bench-Hook Using the Block-Plane and Bench-Hook

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It took approximately 2.5 million blocks to build the Pyramid of Giza, which is one of the Great Pyramids
    • Blocking Blocks used to support (a building, etc.) temporarily.
    • Blocking The act of obstructing, supporting, shaping, or stamping with a block or blocks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mosquito repellents dont really repel mozzies. They actually block the sensory pores and makes the mozzies think they're flying to a colder, dryer, more CO2 free area.
    • n blocking The act of blocking, or the state of being blocked, in any sense of the verb block. Specifically— The impressing, either in gold or ink, or without color, of a design on the covers of a book: in the United States usually called stamping.
    • n blocking Blocks used to support anything temporarily.
    • n blocking A small rough piece of wood fitted in and glued to the interior angle formed by two boards, in order to strengthen the joint between them.
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  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    “The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul.”
  • Coltvos
    “The one who overcomes egotism rids themselves of the most stubborn obstacle that blocks the way to all true greatness and all true happiness.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Some people see more in a walk around the block than others see in a trip around the world.”
  • Heywood Broun
    “Hell is paved with great granite blocks hewn from the hearts of those who said, I can do no other.”


Been around the block a few times - Someone who says they've been around the block a few times is indicating that they have life experience relating to the topic at hand. It is not necessary to discuss the introductory aspects of the topic or give beginner level advice.
Chip off the old block - If someone is a chip off the old block, they closely resemble one or both of the parents in character.
Head on the block - If someone's head is on the block, they are going to be held responsible and suffer the consequences for something that has gone wrong.
Knock your block off - To punch someone in the face Eg : The next time you do something like that I'm going to "knock your block off".
New kid on the block - A new kid on the block is a person who has recently joined a company, organisation, team, etc, and does not know how things work yet.
On the chopping block - A person who's on the chopping block is in danger of losing their job or getting into serious trouble. A project that's on the chopping block is likely to be terminated.
Right out of the blocks - This means immediately; at the very beginning. It describes a sprinter blasting out of the starting blocks at the beginning of a short distance race (e.g., 100-yard dash, 50-yard dash).


In literature:

This street began at the top of a low, long hill eight blocks above the Orde place and ended three blocks below.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
He had jumped, the block had caught and was hanging him.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
This is formed by a block suspended from the mainmast-head, and another block made fast to the cant cut in the whale.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Flat blocks are apt to lie closely together in the fire, and obstruct the draft.
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
Mr. Wakefield Smith knew the metropolis from end to end, and as the pair covered block after block, he pointed out various buildings.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
The door was blocked.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
A district six blocks long and two blocks wide, when the quarter was full, housed 30,000 Chinese.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Captain Marrable went to Block and Curling, who were by no means consolatory, and accepted his uncle's invitation.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Blocks are struck with the aid of an arming or blocking press.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
In my opinion, there's something or other among those documents which would let the light in upon that block of stores.
"Make or Break" by Oliver Optic
Each mule carries two blocks.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Like enormous blue-black blocks of rock, the clouds lay piled over one another.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Matt at once thought of Ida Bartlett, who lived but a few blocks away, with her two sisters and her mother.
"Young Auctioneers" by Edward Stratemeyer
The public library was but a few blocks from the bank.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
The collection of blocks, is a very large one.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
It has no block-houses, and would be useless against a flank attack.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
I have a room on Fulton Avenue only a few blocks from here.
"Penny Nichols and the Black Imp" by Joan Clark
At one of the upper angles I observed a block of considerable size with a deep cutting in it.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
Adam Mackay had owned in all a block of nearly two thousand acres.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm
The runners moved from block to block.
"The Year When Stardust Fell" by Raymond F. Jones

In poetry:

In Siberia's wastes
Are sands and rocks
Nothing blooms of green or soft,
But the snow-peaks rise aloft
And the gaunt ice-blocks.
"Siberia" by James Clarence Mangan
For in that hour of Destiny,
Which tried the men of bravest stock,
He knew the end alone must be
A free land or a traitor's block.
"One Of The Signers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Or Buonarroti's godlike hand
Made marble block from Massa's steep
Dawn into Day at his command,
Or plunged it into Night and Sleep.
"Florence" by Alfred Austin
Or Buonarroti's plastic hand
Made marble block from Massa's steep
Dawn into Day at his command,
Then plunged it into Night and Sleep.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
But all nature is against her!
Pan, with all his sylvan troop,
Thro' the vista'd woodland valleys
Blocks her course with cry and whoop!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
With carriage and with cabriolet
Daily Meridian Street was blocked,
Like bees about a bright bouquet
The beaux about his doorway flocked.
"The Ballad Of A Barber" by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

In news:

Peacock Romance Saves Turkey From Chopping Block.
Over the bridge and crossing the virtual block.
Big-block Formula S and limited number of Barracudas were also produced.
Barracuda 's firewall was accidentally put into passive monitoring mode, which means it lets all the traffic through without doing any analysis or blocking and was essentially doing nothing since late evening April 8.
A neighborhood was being blocked off by Police Saturday night after a man barricaded himself inside and then threatened to burn the place down.
19 m ago blocks one lane at Carmens Rd.
Two of my sisters and I went to the Basilica Block Party.
A good opening line to sum up opening night of the Basilica Block Party: Things got a little hot under the collar.
Downtown Treasures Unearthed in Basque Block Archaeological Dig.
Marianne and Mary show how to make a tilted block with offset centers by using strip sets.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W Batts is silhouetted during his walk around a west Baltimore block.
You are a half a block from Ground Zero.
Vestal's head coach Bill Stepanovsky has been around the block - 200 wins worth around the block.
Plus, Mayor Quan's 100 Blocks plan should have been a 1,300 blocks plan.
Nicole Rightnowar had 13 kills and 7 blocks, Taylor Foster 7 blocks, Taylor Purcell 6 blocks and Mackenzie Andrews 20 points and 38 assists.

In science:

As α increases further, there will be a larger energetic advantage for the polymer to move some of its monomers from the B -blocks to the A-blocks by crossing the interface inside the BA-block pairs.
Localization transition for a copolymer in an emulsion
Proposition 2.3.1 says that the free energy per step for an AB -block exceeds that for an AA-block if and only the free energy per step for the single linear interface exceeds the free energy per step for an AA-block by a certain positive amount.
Localization transition for a copolymer in an emulsion
D : {0, 1}∗ × N → {0, 1}∗ such that, for all n ∈ N, D(C (S ↾ n), n) = S ↾ n; C simply encodes however many whole blocks of S fit into S ↾ n as the corresponding blocks from P , and the last partial block of S may simply be copied bit-for-bit.
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
When N tends to ∞ the number of blocks tends to ∞, but an ergodic property of the blocks allows to convert the approximation per block into the convergence (1.8) involving the discrete and the continuous free energies in infinite size.
Copolymer at selective interfaces and pinning potentials: weak coupling limits
The size of a partition is the number of blocks, and for each block we call leader to the maximal element in the block.
Dynamic Random Geometric Graphs
Mutually disjoint subsets are called blocks. A block with k elements is called k -block.
Some integer sequences based on derangements
A sub-block of H corresponds to a sub-block in H (L) (for example, sub-block A corresponds to sub-block A’).
Average Stopping Set Weight Distribution of Redundant Random Matrix Ensembles
Cache analysis blocks For the consideration of the effects of instruction caches, each basic block has to be divided into cache analysis blocks.
Cycle Accurate Binary Translation for Simulation Acceleration in Rapid Prototyping of SoCs
Each cache analysis block contains that part of a basic block that fits into a single cache block.
Cycle Accurate Binary Translation for Simulation Acceleration in Rapid Prototyping of SoCs
This shortcoming can be remedied by encoding the physical qubits in blocks so that each block can correct one decay event at a time and by using block-entangling gates, such as the ones introduced in Ref. [20, 22].
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
The above lemma shows that it is relatively easy to deal with the groupoid C ∗ algebraic structures in terms of their topological reduced free blocks of them, since the topological reduced free product of blocks is determined by the algebraic “nonreduced” free product of generator sets of blocks.
C*-Algebras Generated by Partial Isometries
This parameterization corresponds to a matrix Q which is made of n/m identical blocks of size m covering the main diagonal, with 1 on the main diagonal and q1 outside of it in each block, and q0 outside the blocks (notice that the case m = n and q0 = q1 would correspond to the replica symmetric solution).
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
The present approach will be based on the so-called gluing construction of the conformal blocks in which one constructs large classes of conformal blocks from the conformal blocks associated to the three punctured sphere.
Nonrational conformal field theory
This configuration leads to m block matrix, with blocks having entries one with portability p, and off diagonal blocks having entries one with probability q .
Spectral analysis of deformed random networks
A0 is a m blocks diagonal random matrix, where each block represents one community, and the off-diagonal block matrix Aq denotes the interactions among the communities.
Spectral analysis of deformed random networks