building block

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n building block a block of material used in construction work
    • n building block a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else "units of nucleic acids"
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Quotations

  • Arthur D. Little
    Arthur D. Little
    “Research serves to make building stones out of stumbling blocks.”
  • Louis Binstock
    Louis Binstock
    “Very often we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness.”

Usage

In literature:

The sixth gift far surpasses all the other building blocks in its decided adaptation to the purely architectural forms.
"Froebel's Gifts" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
They got out at the block of buildings which had once struck Lesley as so particularly ugly.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
He followed Catherine's eager steps to the little square frame building a few blocks up Main Street, and turned the key she gave him.
"The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted" by Katharine Ellis Barrett
It was oblong, with an oval-shaped top, as large as a block of buildings.
"In the Early Days along the Overland Trail in Nebraska Territory, in 1852" by Gilbert L. Cole
It is easier to take a city block and construct fireproof, high buildings than to solve transportation problems.
"Euthenics, the science of controllable environment" by Ellen H. Richards
Under the brow of the knoll Dirrul saw one of the stone block buildings within its protective double walls.
"The Instant of Now" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
When the explosion takes place the flames will instantly cover an entire block of buildings.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
The lowest building in all this block is No.
"Literary New York" by Charles Hemstreet
When they came up with True, he was placing his ladder against a post opposite a fine block of buildings.
"The Lamplighter" by Maria S. Cummins
Not a bit of it: a square at Philadelphia means a solid block of houses, not an open space enclosed by buildings.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
He blocked out the areas he had to alter and then began to fill in and build up.
"Tangle Hold" by F. L. Wallace
Children's blocks are useful in building a well, altar, castle, temple, chariot, etc.
"With the Children on Sunday" by Sylvanus Stall
Building blocks of the universe.
"Disaster Revisited" by Darius John Granger
The thick masonry of the walls shows how old the building is; the floor is paved with large blocks of stone.
"Landseer" by Estelle M. Hurll
She paid her man and joined the mass of people wedged into a solid block of resistance before the building.
"The Dual Alliance" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
The whole block was a row of small two-story brick buildings.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
The Ducal Palace at Venice is a large rectangular block of buildings erected round a vast quadrangle.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
Give him a set of blocks, and he will try to build something; That which lives in him is seeking expression in architecture.
"The Science of Being Well" by Wallace Delois Wattles
A few brick blocks, with less pretentious wooden buildings, formed a nucleus of stores.
"The Girl From Tim's Place" by Charles Clark Munn
The wave swept away buildings as far as twelve blocks inland for a space of nearly two miles.
"The Complete Story of the Galveston Horror" by Various
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In poetry:

He chokes the infant throat with slime,
He sets the ferment free;
He builds the tiny tube of lime
That blocks the artery.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
For the structure that we raise,
Time is with materials filled;
Our to-days and yesterdays
Are the blocks with which we build.
"By The Fireside : The Builders" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
What are you able to build with your blocks?
Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
Rain may keep raining, and others go roam,
But I can be happy and building at home.
"Block City" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In news:

He says studying the neutrinos is important because they're the building blocks of other forms of life.
PHOENIXVILLE — A fire at an abandoned building on the 500 block of Bridge Street was quickly extinguished by several area fire companies Friday afternoon.
It is just one of approximately 300,000 textiles in Vlisco's archives, fabrics that hang meticulously along seemingly endless rails in a building adjacent to the company's pulsing manufacturing block.
WASHINGTON—Just six blocks from the White House, the FBI 's hulking headquarters overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue has long been the government building everyone loves to hate.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just six blocks from the White House, the FBI 's hulking headquarters overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue has long been the government building everyone loves to hate.
WASHINGTON — Just six blocks from the White House, the FBI 's hulking headquarters overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue has long been the government building everyone loves to hate.
A a block of encrusted silver coins from the shipwreck of a 1804 galleon, on its first display to the media at a ministry building, in Madrid, Friday, Nov 30, 2012.
The business is moving two blocks down the road to a new building on US 41.
0Workers at a Philadelphia furniture store are using sandbags to block the building's door and putting items on higher ground.
Brookings created its Global MetroMonitor because it views the economies of large metro areas as the building blocks of national economies.
The front entrance of a building in the 400 block of West Washington Street in Hagerstown was damaged Monday morning when it was struck by a vehicle.
That's why Meriter Hospital offers a workshop on handwriting , focusing on the areas that are building blocks for successful handwriting .
Building a program takes time, but it takes more time if the building blocks keep falling down.
The powder was found on the third floor of the building in the 100 block of South Fifth Street at 10:30 a.m.
Now hippies are trying to block the construction of a football stadium in Los Angeles by suing AEG, the company funding the build.
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In science:

Additionally, the multi–channel algorithm for an efficient integration is discussed in some detail and both default channels available in AMEGIC++ and building blocks for process dependent channels are listed.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
This allows for the translation of any Feynman amplitude into generic building blocks which can be evaluated numerically.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
In the following we will give a short introduction into the spinor techniques we use for this decomposition and we will list the building blocks employed in AMEGIC++.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Finally, we will present the basic spinor products which serve as elementary building blocks for our amplitudes.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Therefore, structures with three or more bosons can not be “cut open” and suitable building blocks need to be constructed for any such structure.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Within AMEGIC++, building blocks for the structures depicted in Figs. 1, 2, and 3 are available at the moment, somewhat limiting the maximal number of vector boson lines.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
As the observant reader might have noticed, we omitted vertices with four vector bosons in our pictorial presentation of the building blocks.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
In Tab. 4 we give some insight into the building blocks, propagators and decays, of these channels.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
For a better understanding of the pro jection algorithm mapping the point lists onto helicity amplitudes we recall briefly the structure of the basic building blocks available within AMEGIC++.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
These building blocks naturally emerge, because intermediate fermion lines can be cut by use of the completeness relation, cf.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Finally, for each combination of internal helicities and particle anti-particle labels all building blocks are multiplied separately to be summed.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The different building blocks of a helicity amplitude.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Interfaces to Mathematica, calculating some building blocks.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The class governs the generation of all these lists and calculates the amplitude with the help of Building Blocks, for a pictorial overview of the connection to other classes see Fig. 17.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Then, the appropriate couplings are set via Building Blocks::Set Arg Couplings().
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