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blockage

Block \Block\ (bl[o^]k), n. [OE. blok; cf. F. bloc (fr. OHG.), D. & Dan. blok, Sw. & G. block, OHG. bloch. There is also an OHG. bloch, biloh; bi by + the same root as that of E. lock. Cf. Block, v. t., Blockade, and see Lock.]

  1. A piece of wood more or less bulky; a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more plane, or approximately plane, faces; as, a block on which a butcher chops his meat; a block by which to mount a horse; children's playing blocks, etc.

    Now all our neighbors' chimneys smoke, And Christmas blocks are burning.
    --Wither.

    All her labor was but as a block Left in the quarry.
    --Tennyson.

  2. The solid piece of wood on which condemned persons lay their necks when they are beheaded.

    Noble heads which have been brought to the block.
    --E. Everett.

  3. The wooden mold on which hats, bonnets, etc., are shaped. Hence: The pattern or shape of a hat.

    He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next block.
    --Shak.

  4. A large or long building divided into separate houses or shops, or a number of houses or shops built in contact with each other so as to form one building; a row of houses or shops.

  5. A square, or portion of a city inclosed by streets, whether occupied by buildings or not.

    The new city was laid out in rectangular blocks, each block containing thirty building lots. Such an average block, comprising 282 houses and covering nine acres of ground, exists in Oxford Street.
    --Lond. Quart. Rev.

  6. A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap, by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded, to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; -- used especially in the rigging of ships, and in tackles.

  7. (Falconry) The perch on which a bird of prey is kept.

  8. Any obstruction, or cause of obstruction; a stop; a hindrance; an obstacle; -- also called blockage; as, a block in the way; a block in an artery; a block in a nerve; a block in a biochemical pathway.

  9. A piece of box or other wood for engravers' work.

  10. (Print.) A piece of hard wood (as mahogany or cherry) on which a stereotype or electrotype plate is mounted to make it type high.

  11. A blockhead; a stupid fellow; a dolt. [Obs.]

    What a block art thou !
    --Shak.

  12. A section of a railroad where the block system is used. See Block system, below.

  13. In Australia, one of the large lots into which public land, when opened to settlers, is divided by the government surveyors.

  14. (Cricket)

    1. The position of a player or bat when guarding the wicket.

    2. A block hole.

    3. The popping crease. [R.]

  15. a number of individual items sold as a unit; as, a block of airline ticketes; a block of hotel rooms; a block of stock.

  16. the length of one side of a city block[5], traversed along any side; as, to walk three blocks ahead and turn left at the corner.

  17. a halt in a mental process, especially one due to stress, memory lapse, confusion, etc.; as, a writer's block; to have a block in remembering a name.

  18. (computers) a quantity of binary-encoded information transferred, or stored, as a unit to, from, or on a data storage device; as, to divide a disk into 512-byte blocks.

  19. (computers) a number of locations in a random-access memory allocated to storage of specific data; as, to allocate a block of 1024 bytes for the stack. A block of shares (Stock Exchange), a large number of shares in a stock company, sold in a lump. --Bartlett. Block printing.

    1. A mode of printing (common in China and Japan) from engraved boards by means of a sheet of paper laid on the linked surface and rubbed with a brush.
      --S. W. Williams.

    2. A method of printing cotton cloth and paper hangings with colors, by pressing them upon an engraved surface coated with coloring matter.

      Block system on railways, a system by which the track is divided into sections of three or four miles, and trains are so run by the guidance of electric signals that no train enters a section or block before the preceding train has left it.

      Back blocks, Australian pastoral country which is remote from the seacoast or from a river.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

blockage

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ VERB
cause
▪ This had obviously been there since manufacture and had caused the blockages I had blamed on sand.
▪ Now Kevin could reach in and start to pull out the debris causing the blockage.
▪ The problem could also be caused by a blockage in the circulating pipes, caused again by sludge.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He is trying to speak but there is a blockage for the moment.
▪ I just had a complete mental blockage.
▪ Pipes and drains which are blocked are not accidentally damaged and the cost of clearing the blockage is not covered.
▪ The healing process involves correcting imbalances and freeing blockages, thus restoring a proper energy flow through the body.
▪ The problem could also be caused by a blockage in the circulating pipes, caused again by sludge.
▪ They are often more of a blockage to communication than a channel.
WordNet

blockage

  1. n. the state or condition of being obstructed [syn: obstruction]

  2. an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe" [syn: block, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage]

  3. the act of blocking [syn: closure, occlusion]

Wiktionary

blockage

n. 1 The state of being blocked 2 A thing that is blocking

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

blockage

1827, from block (v.) + -age.

Usage examples of "blockage".

A catheterization test was needed, an angiogram to determine the extent of arterial blockage and the damage already done to the heart muscle.

As she wrapped her legs around his waist, he felt the blockage within her.

Sometimes, a blockage develops in the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid.

So even without a literal blockage to an artery, if you have damage to your endothelium, you can still suffer inadequate blood flow to your heart or legs.

He actually discovered ways to measure energy flow, recognize energy blockages in the body, and release them so that energy would flow again.

A Dushau who befriends Ephemerals, will have so many scars, so many mind blockages, however faint they may be, that his sanity becomes endangered.

The most direct approach to dealing with the sorts of tension and toxic build-up which cause headaches is by eliminating blockages in the pressure points on the hands.

A catheterization test was needed, an angiogram to determine the extent of arterial blockage and the damage already done to the heart muscle.

Twice he gagged on the strips of dried meat, reaching for the canteen to wash the blockage out.

Once the blockage was cleared, the water drained away quickly, seeping off the road.

Under stress, more concealed memory had broken through the blockage smothering most of my past.

I slipped from memory into delirium again, deeper than before, losing any answers that might have escaped the blockage in my mind.

You removed some key to restoring the old Sira when you lifted the blockage from my mind on Plexis.

Here and there dark objects were whirling on its surface, likely branches of trees washed down from the hills, but the very fact that they were still flowing straight down meant that there was no blockage up at the bridge.

In an hour or so, not only would the blockage on the line clear up, the trains would clear out, too.