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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLOCK

At Fortieth Street he looked down to the middle of the block.

He left the block of offices and went towards Prince's Street.

He hastened after her and saw her enter a block of offices in Cornhill.

She held a brush in her hand, and she looked down at her block.

Abbey was fetched immediately, but he only arrived in time to see me on the block.

So he turned to Antoine, who had remained seated in front of a block he was engraving.

Shell ore, block ore, and limestone also exist in abundance.

Well, it's only a drizzle and we can take a streetcar to within a block of the house.

A block system is devised and partly made, but is not yet erected.

When the god is not present, his idol is merely a block of wood or stone.

WORD ORIGIN

"solid piece," c.1300, from Old French bloc "log, block" of wood (13c.), via Middle Dutch bloc "trunk of a tree" or Old High German bloh, from a common Germanic source, from PIE *bhlugo-, from *bhelg- "a thick plank, beam" (see balk).

Meaning "mould for a hat" is from 1570s. Slang sense of "head" is from 1630s. Extended sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1640s. In cricket from 1825; in U.S. football from 1912. The meaning in city block is 1796, from the notion of a "compact mass" of buildings; slang meaning "fashionable promenade" is 1869.

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