block up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v block up render unsuitable for passage "block the way","barricade the streets","stop the busy road"
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Usage

In literature:

After this, I blocked up the doors with some boards, and an empty chest, turned the long way out.
"The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1801)" by Daniel Defoe
The channel between Bernier and Dorre is about a mile and a half wide, but is so blocked up by rocks as to be impassable.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
The narrow streets are blocked with the wains bringing down, in boxes of every shape and size, the up-country rough leaf.
"Letters of Travel (1892-1913)" by Rudyard Kipling
The ponderous block of stone, which is mentioned in the poem, remains, I believe, to this day, a good way up Nab-Scar.
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. II." by William Wordsworth
Can't have the roadway blocked up all the afternoon with this 'ere demonstration of the unloved.
"The Idler, Volume III., Issue XIII., February 1893" by Various
Ladies and weak people were hauled up in a sort of chair with a block and rope.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
I want them down before the road gets blocked up with snow.
"Jonas on a Farm in Winter" by Jacob Abbott
The Beehive is only three blocks away; suppose we go around and look him up.
"Ashton-Kirk, Investigator" by John T. McIntyre
The other was visible, placed directly opposite the porthole built in the wainscoting, but it was blocked up.
"Against The Grain" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
A little higher up lies a massive block of granite called the Giant's Column.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Volume V (of X)" by Various
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In poetry:

I block the roads, and drift the fields with snow;
I chase the wild-fowl from the frozen fen;
My frosts congeal the rivers in their flow,
My fires light up the hearths and hearts of men.
"In The Harbour: The Poet's Calendar" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
On our other side is the straight-up rock;
And a path is kept 'twixt the gorge and it
By boulder-stones where lichens mock
The marks on a moth, and small ferns fit
Their teeth to the polished block.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Some few not in; and some whose time and place
Block up this coach's way do go
As travelers afoot, and so do trace
The road that gives them right thereto,
While in this coach these sweetly sing,
As they to glory ride therein.
"The Joy if Church Fellowship Rightly Attended" by Edward Taylor
Then, as Spike makes a move, I raised me mits
Fearin' a foul; an' Rat-face does 'is block.
'E loosens up a string uv epi-tits
That seem to jolt the parson with a shock.
Filthy an' free they was, make no mistakes.
Then Snowy wakes.
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis

In news:

First Nation members evict gas line surveyors, set up pipeline road block.
San Marino's Cherie Chow, left, and Kelly Truong set up a block on a Flintridge Prep kill attempt, while Titans setter Amanda Yee, center, reads the ball.
Six-foot-4, 325-pound Monroe offensive lineman Hakeem Porter (65) wreaks havoc up front for the Tornadoes, tallying 32 pancake blocks a season ago and drawing interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Auburn.
City residents desperate for gas waited in line for more than two hours - or 15 blocks - just to fill up their tanks in Harlem .
A Nashville landmark is pulling up stakes and moving over a few blocks.
Hatcheries have long been used to make up for lost habitat, such as dams blocking access to spawning grounds, and the vast majority of salmon in the Columbia basin are born in hatcheries .
Even in the middle of the day, you know Todd Wiedemann's house has the potential to light-up the block.
Scientists would love to identify the billions of building blocks that make up the DNA of a conifer.
A two-story apartment complex in Santa Maria went up in flames around 10 am It happened in the 900 block of East Jones Street.
It is unusual to go from having nearly a foot or more of snow on the ground in parts of the area and less than three weeks later watching it vanish, but that's what happens when a blocking weather pattern sets up across the country.
STANFORD, Calif – Even though Kevin Hogan grew up the son of a lobbyist and attended high school six blocks from the Capitol building, nobody had to do any politicking for him to be Stanford's starting quarterback.
Destinee Hooker (left), Lindsey Berg and Foluke Akinradewo (right) go up for the block against Brazil during the women's volleyball gold medal match.
Al Maeyans woke up from with clot blocking blood to brain.
Scott Cohen grew up playing with Lego blocks and drawing.
Harris County sheriff's deputies said two men held up the Community Bank in the 13200 block of Tidwell about 2 pm Wednesday.
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In science:

Thus going up in the lattice corresponds to merging blocks.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
On the other hand, the maximum error of the modified spin-wave theory is roughly 5%, for a chain of up to 14 spins, near the lower-temperature crossover when the spin chain becomes locked into one block spin.
Modified spin-wave study of random antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic spin chains
There is a corresponding bottom-up view that focuses on minimal blocks, put together in an arbitrary order.
The enumeration of simple permutations
The structure is built up by ordering perovskite blocks in a rock salt superlattice (Fig. 12) and the properties of the material are thought to critically depend on this ordering.
On Site Percolation on Correlated Simple Cubic Lattice
When α < 0, the loss of mass in the ranked fragmentations shows up at the level of partitions by the fact that a positive fraction of the blocks of Π(t) are singletons for some t > 0.
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree
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