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block as in a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
  • "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
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block as in a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
  • "he lives in the next block"

Synonyms

  • city block a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
block as in a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides

    Synonyms

    • cube raise to the third power ; cut into cubes; a hexahedron with six equal squares as faces ; a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides ; the product of three equal terms ; any of several tropical American woody plants of the genus Lonchocarpus whose roots are used locally as a fish poison and commercially as a source of rotenone ; a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube
    block as in 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"
    block as in housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
    • "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
    block as in (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"
    block as in 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"

    Synonyms

    • mental block an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do
    block as in 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

      Synonyms

      • pulley 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
      • pulley-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
      • pulley 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
      block as in a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
      • "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"

      Synonyms

      • engine block a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
      • cylinder block a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
      block as in an obstruction in a pipe or tube
      • "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"

      Synonyms

      • blockage the physical condition of blocking or filling a passage with an obstruction ; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; the act of blocking
      • closure terminate debate by calling for a vote; approaching a particular destination; a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body ; a Gestalt principle of organization holding that there is an innate tendency to perceive incomplete objects as complete and to close or fill gaps and to perceive asymmetric stimuli as symmetric ; something settled or resolved; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; the act of blocking ; termination of operations
      • occlusion closure or blockage (as of a blood vessel) ; (meteorology) a composite front when colder air surrounds a mass of warm air and forces it aloft ; (dentistry) the normal spatial relation of the teeth when the jaws are closed ; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; the act of blocking
      • stop the event of something ending; the act of stopping something; a brief stay in the course of a journey; the state of inactivity following an interruption; a spot where something halts or pauses; a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes; a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; a restraint that checks the motion of something; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; come to a halt, stop moving; put an end to a state or an activity; stop from happening or developing; interrupt a trip; cause to stop; prevent completion; hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; seize on its way; have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; render unsuitable for passage; stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
      • stoppage the state of inactivity following an interruption; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; the act of stopping something
      block as in a platform from which an auctioneer sells
      • "they put their paintings on the block"

      Synonyms

      • auction block a platform from which an auctioneer sells
      block as in the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements

        Synonyms

        • blocking the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
        block as in render unsuitable for passage
        • "block the way"
        • "barricade the streets"
        • "stop the busy road"

        Synonyms

        • barricade a barrier set up by police to stop traffic on a street or road in order to catch a fugitive or inspect traffic etc. ; a barrier (usually thrown up hastily) to impede the advance of an enemy; render unsuitable for passage; prevent access to by barricading; block off with barricades
        • blockade a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy ; prevents access or progress ; hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; render unsuitable for passage; obstruct access to ; impose a blockade on
        • stop the event of something ending; the act of stopping something; a brief stay in the course of a journey; the state of inactivity following an interruption; a spot where something halts or pauses; a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes; a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; a restraint that checks the motion of something; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; come to a halt, stop moving; put an end to a state or an activity; stop from happening or developing; interrupt a trip; cause to stop; prevent completion; hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; seize on its way; have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; render unsuitable for passage; stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
        • block off obstruct access to ; render unsuitable for passage; block off the passage through
        • block up render unsuitable for passage
        • bar prevent from entering; render unsuitable for passage; expel, as if by official decree; secure with, or as if with, bars; a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter; a counter where you can obtain food or drink; a rigid piece of metal or wood; musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal; the act of preventing; (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter; a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore; the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction; a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background; a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax); a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises ; a heating element in an electric fire; (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried
        block as in hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
        • "His brother blocked him at every turn"

        Synonyms

        • obstruct hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; block passage through; shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
        • blockade a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy ; prevents access or progress ; hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; render unsuitable for passage; obstruct access to ; impose a blockade on
        • hinder located at or near the back of an animal; be a hindrance or obstacle to; hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; put at a disadvantage
        • stymie hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole ; a thwarting and distressing situation
        • stymy hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole ; a thwarting and distressing situation
        • embarrass cause to be embarrassed; hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
        block as in stop from happening or developing
        • "Block his election"
        • "Halt the process"

        Synonyms

        • stop the event of something ending; the act of stopping something; a brief stay in the course of a journey; the state of inactivity following an interruption; a spot where something halts or pauses; a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes; a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; a restraint that checks the motion of something; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; come to a halt, stop moving; put an end to a state or an activity; stop from happening or developing; interrupt a trip; cause to stop; prevent completion; hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; seize on its way; have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; render unsuitable for passage; stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
        • halt disabled in the feet or legs; the state of inactivity following an interruption; the event of something ending; an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement; cause to stop; come to a halt, stop moving; stop from happening or developing; stop the flow of a liquid
        • kibosh stop from happening or developing
        block as in interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
        • "Jam the Voice of America"
        • "block the signals emitted by this station"

        Synonyms

        • jam preserve of crushed fruit ; informal terms for a difficult situation; a dense crowd of people ; deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems ; press tightly together or cram; push down forcibly; crush or bruise; interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; get stuck and immobilized; crowd or pack to capacity; block passage through
        block as in run on a block system
        • "block trains"
        block as in interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
        • "block a nerve"
        • "block a muscle"
        block as in 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"

        Synonyms

        • obstruct hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; block passage through; shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
        block as in stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
        • "block the book cover"
        block as in obstruct
        • "My nose is all stuffed"
        • "Her arteries are blocked"

        Synonyms

        • stuff cram into a cavity; press or force; obstruct; overeat or eat immodestly; treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting; fill tightly with a material; fill with a stuffing while cooking; the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; miscellaneous unspecified objects; informal terms for personal possessions; senseless talk; unspecified qualities required to do or be something; information in some unspecified form; a critically important or characteristic component
        • lug carry with difficulty; obstruct; ancient Celtic god ; a sail with four corners that is hoisted from a yard that is oblique to the mast ; a projecting piece that is used to lift or support or turn something ; marine worms having a row of tufted gills along each side of the back
        • choke up obstruct
        block as in block passage through
        • "obstruct the path"

        Synonyms

        • obstruct hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; block passage through; shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
        • obturate block passage through
        • impede be a hindrance or obstacle to; block passage through
        • occlude block passage through
        • jam preserve of crushed fruit ; informal terms for a difficult situation; a dense crowd of people ; deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems ; press tightly together or cram; push down forcibly; crush or bruise; interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; get stuck and immobilized; crowd or pack to capacity; block passage through
        • close up very close; cease to operate or cause to cease operating; block passage through; unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of; refuse to talk or stop talking
        block as in support, secure, or raise with a block
        • "block a plate for printing"
        • "block the wheels of a car"
        block as in impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
        • "block an attack"

        Synonyms

        • parry (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword ; a return punch (especially by a boxer) ; impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
        • deflect prevent the occurrence of; turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest ; turn aside and away from an initial or intended course ; draw someone's attention away from something; impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
        block as in be unable to remember
        • "I'm drawing a blank"
        • "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"

        Synonyms

        • forget dismiss from the mind; be unable to remember; forget to do something; leave behind unintentionally
        • blank out be unable to remember; cut out, as for political reasons
        • draw a blank be unable to remember
        block as in shape by using a block
        • "Block a hat"
        • "block a garment"
        block as in shape into a block or blocks
        • "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
        block as in prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
        • "Blocked funds"
        • "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"

        Synonyms

        • freeze the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid ; weather cold enough to cause freezing ; an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement; fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level; stop moving or become immobilized; change to ice; be cold; cause to freeze; stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it; be very cold, below the freezing point; change from a liquid to a solid when cold; prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); anesthetize by cold ; suddenly behave coldly and formally
        • immobilize hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; to hold fast or prevent from moving; make defenseless ; convert (assets) into fixed capital ; prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); cause to be unable to move
        • immobilise hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; to hold fast or prevent from moving; make defenseless ; convert (assets) into fixed capital ; prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); cause to be unable to move

        Alternatives for Block

        Hey there, fellow word enthusiasts! Are you tired of using the same old word block every time you want to describe an obstacle or barrier? Well, fear not, because today we're going to shake things up and discover some fresh and exciting synonyms for block that will add flair and variety to your vocabulary. So, grab your linguistic toolkit, and let's get started on this journey of exploration!

        Unveiling the Vocabulary Vault

        Before we dive into the synonyms, let's take a moment to understand the essence of block. It's not just about hindering progress or creating obstacles; it's also about impeding movement or preventing access. But why stick to one word when there's a whole treasure trove of alternatives waiting to be uncovered?

        Synonym Spotlight: Barrier

        Barrier is a robust synonym for block that evokes the image of a physical or metaphorical obstacle standing in the way of progress. It's like encountering a roadblock on the path to success or hitting a wall in your creative endeavors. Here are examples of how barrier can be used:

        • The tall fence acted as a barrier, preventing unauthorized access to the construction site.
        • Language barriers can hinder communication between people from different cultural backgrounds.
        • Fear of failure can be a significant barrier to achieving one's goals and aspirations.

        Synonym Spotlight: Obstacle

        Obstacle is another dynamic synonym for block that highlights the challenges and hurdles one must overcome to reach their desired destination. It's like navigating a maze filled with twists and turns, where every obstacle presents an opportunity for growth and learning. Here are examples of how obstacle can be used:

        • Lack of funding proved to be a significant obstacle in launching the new business venture.
        • Overcoming personal insecurities and self-doubt can be one of the greatest obstacles to personal growth.
        • The mountainous terrain posed a formidable obstacle for the hikers, but they persevered and reached the summit.

        Synonym Spotlight: Hindrance

        Hindrance is a versatile synonym for block that suggests something that slows down or restricts progress. It's like trying to run a race with weights tied to your ankles, where every step forward feels like a struggle. Here are examples of how hindrance can be used:

        • The lack of proper equipment proved to be a significant hindrance to completing the project on time.
        • Negative attitudes and pessimism can be a hindrance to fostering a productive and supportive work environment.
        • The heavy traffic was a major hindrance to reaching the airport on time for the flight.

        Synonym Spotlight: Impediment

        Impediment is a sophisticated synonym for block that conveys a sense of obstruction or interference with progress. It's like trying to swim against a strong current, where every stroke forward is met with resistance. Here are examples of how impediment can be used:

        • His speech impediment made it challenging for him to communicate effectively in social situations.
        • Lack of clarity in the project guidelines proved to be a significant impediment to the team's progress.
        • Cultural differences can sometimes act as an impediment to forming meaningful connections and collaborations.

        Synonym Spotlight: Deterrent

        Deterrent is a compelling synonym for block that emphasizes something that discourages or prevents action or progress. It's like encountering a sign that says "Danger: Keep Out," warning you of potential risks or consequences. Here are examples of how deterrent can be used:

        • The threat of severe weather served as a deterrent for many tourists planning outdoor activities.
        • High costs can act as a deterrent for individuals considering higher education or specialized training.
        • The fear of failure can be a powerful deterrent that prevents people from pursuing their dreams and aspirations.

        Conclusion: Breaking Down Barriers

        Language is like a toolbox filled with an assortment of words and phrases, each serving its own unique purpose. By exploring synonyms for block, we can expand our vocabulary and find new ways to articulate the challenges and obstacles we encounter in life. Whether it's barrier, obstacle, hindrance, impediment, or deterrent, each synonym offers a fresh perspective on the barriers that stand in our way.

        So, the next time you encounter a roadblock in your journey, why not reach for one of these vibrant alternatives? Your language will sparkle with creativity and imagination, and you'll be better equipped to overcome any obstacle that comes your way!

        Questions and Answers

        1. Why explore synonyms for block?

        Exploring synonyms for block allows us to articulate obstacles and barriers in different contexts, enriching our language and providing fresh perspectives on challenges.

        2. How does barrier differ from block?

        While both convey the idea of hindering progress or movement, barrier specifically emphasizes the notion of an obstacle or impediment standing in the way.

        3. In what contexts might one use the word hindrance instead of block?

        Hindrance is used to describe something that slows down or restricts progress, often causing difficulty or inconvenience in achieving a goal or completing a task.

        4. What does impediment imply in the context of synonyms for block?

        Impediment suggests a sense of obstruction or interference with progress, indicating something that hinders or delays forward movement.

        5. How can incorporating synonyms enhance communication?

        Incorporating synonyms adds depth and nuance to communication, allowing us to express ourselves more precisely and creatively, and connecting with others on a deeper level.


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