1 solid piece of sth
ADJ. big, huge, large, massive | small | solid | concrete, stone, wooden | building | starting (for a runner) aiming to be first out of the starting blocks | breeze
2 large building divided into offices/flats
ADJ. high-rise, tower | administration, apartment, cell, office The prisoners had been transferred to a different cell block.
PREP. in a/the ~ She lives in a modern apartment block. | ~ of a block of flats
3 temporary loss of abilities
ADJ. mental, writer's The author denies that she is experiencing writer's block.
VERB + BLOCK experience, have, suffer from I suddenly had a mental block and couldn't remember his name.
1 make it difficult to pass
ADV. completely | almost | partially, partly | off, up The old route is completely blocked off. Don't block up the corridor with all these boxes.
VERB + BLOCK try to | move to One of the men moved to block their path.
PREP. with The exit was blocked with beer crates.
2 prevent sth being done
ADV. successfully | effectively The new rules would effectively block protesters' attempts to assert their rights.
VERB + BLOCK attempt to, seek to, try to | move to The group has moved to block the government's proposals. PHRASAL VERBS block sth out
ADV. completely Black clouds had completely blocked out the sun. | almost