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Definition of Blocking

Babylon English Dictionary

obstructing, barring, impeding, deterring
obstruct; hinder, thwart
Blocking Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms
The process of arranging moves to be made by the actors during the play, recorded by stage management in the prompt script.
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Blocking Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(p. pr. & vb. n.)
of Block
The act of obstructing, supporting, shaping, or stamping with a block or blocks.
Blocks used to support (a building, etc.) temporarily.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
hEnglish - advanced version

\block"ing\, n.
1. the act of obstructing, supporting, shaping, or stamping with a block or blocks.
2. blocks used to support (a building, etc.) temporarily.

  similar words(5) 

 blocking course 
 blind blocking 
 permissive blocking 
 absolute blocking 
 gold blocking 
English Phonetics
WordNet 2.0

1. (American football) the act of obstructing someone's path with your body; "he threw a rolling block into the line backer"
(synonym) block, interference
(hypernym) obstruction
(hyponym) trap block
(derivation) obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up
(classification) American football, American football game

1. a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
(hypernym) artifact, artefact
(hyponym) anvil
2. a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; "he lives in the next block"
(synonym) city block
(hypernym) area, country
3. a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
(synonym) cube
(hypernym) solid
(hyponym) goldbrick
4. 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"
(hypernym) collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage
5. housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; "there is a block of classrooms in the west wing"
(hypernym) housing, lodging, living accommodations
(hyponym) cellblock, ward
6. (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"
(hypernym) computer memory unit
(hyponym) bad block
(part-meronym) sector
(classification) computer science, computing
7. 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"
(synonym) mental block
(hypernym) inability
(hyponym) writer's block
(derivation) forget, blank out, draw a blank
8. 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
(synonym) pulley, pulley-block
(hypernym) machine, simple machine
(hyponym) bollock, bullock block
(part-holonym) block and tackle
9. a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
(synonym) engine block, cylinder block
(hypernym) cast, casting
(part-holonym) internal-combustion engine, ICE
(part-meronym) cylinder, piston chamber
10. an obstruction in a pipe or tube; "we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"
(synonym) blockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage
(hypernym) obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta
(hyponym) breechblock, breech closer
(derivation) stuff, lug, choke up
11. a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block"
(synonym) auction block
(hypernym) platform
12. (American football) the act of obstructing someone's path with your body; "he threw a rolling block into the line backer"
(synonym) blocking, interference
(hypernym) obstruction
(hyponym) trap block
(derivation) parry, deflect
(classification) American football, American football game

1. render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
(synonym) barricade, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar
(hypernym) obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, close up
(hyponym) shut off, block off, close off
(verb-group) obstruct
(derivation) blockage, closure, occlusion
2. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"
(synonym) obstruct, blockade, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass
(hypernym) prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid
(hyponym) stonewall
(derivation) obstruction, blockage
3. stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process"
(synonym) stop, halt, kibosh
(hypernym) prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid
(hyponym) embargo
(derivation) blockage, closure, occlusion
4. interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station"
(synonym) jam
(hypernym) interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut off
(hyponym) barrage jam
5. run on a block system; "block trains"
(hypernym) operate, run
6. interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; "block a nerve"; "block a muscle"
(hypernym) anesthetize, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anaesthetise, put to sleep, put under, put out
(derivation) blocker, blocking agent
7. 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"
(synonym) obstruct
(hypernym) hide, conceal
(verb-group) barricade, blockade, stop, block off, block up, bar
(derivation) blockage, closure, occlusion
8. stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; "block the book cover"
(hypernym) emboss, boss, stamp
9. obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"
(synonym) stuff, lug, choke up
(hypernym) clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke, foul
(derivation) blockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage
10. block passage through; "obstruct the path"
(synonym) obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, close up
(hypernym) impede, hinder
(hyponym) blockade, block off
(derivation) blocking, interference
11. support, secure, or raise with a block; "block a plate for printing"; "block the wheels of a car"
(hypernym) hold, support, sustain, hold up
12. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
(synonym) parry, deflect
(hypernym) fence
(derivation) blocker
13. be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
(synonym) forget, blank out, draw a blank
(hyponym) slip, slip one's mind
(derivation) mental block
14. shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment"
(hypernym) shape, form
(derivation) cube
15. shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
(hypernym) shape, form
16. prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); "Blocked funds"; "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
(synonym) freeze, immobilize, immobilise
(antonym) unblock, unfreeze, free, release
(hypernym) withhold, keep back
Blocking Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
2K Group Shipping, Trade, Insurance Dictionary
Wood or metal supports to keep shipments in place or on railcars.
Glossary of petroleum Industry
Pumping measured amounts of crude oil or product through a pipeline in batches or blocks. For example when moving different grades or types of crude, e.g., sweet or sour, the two are not mixed but are blocked through the line, one behind the other. And when each arrives at destination, it is switched into separate tankage. In a packed or full line pumping under high pressure, very little mixing of the two types of crude occurs at the interface, the point in the line where the two are in contact.
Blocking Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Telecommunication Standard Terms
1. The formatting of data into blocks for purposes of transmission, storage, checking, or other functions. 2. Denying access to, or use of, a facility, system, or component. 3. The failure of a telecommunications network to meet a user service demand, because of the lack of an available communications path.
RF Electronics
Distortion in the received video imagery characterized by rectangular or checkerboard patterns that were not present in the original video imagery before transmission.
Electronic Statistics Textbook
In some experiments, observations are organized in natural "chunks" or blocks. You want to make sure that these blocks do not bias your estimates of main effects or interactions. For example, consider an experiment to improve the quality of special ceramics, produced in a kiln. The size of the kiln is limited so that you cannot produce all runs (observations) of your experiment at once. In that case you need to break up the experiment into blocks. However, you do not want to run positive factor settings (for all factors in your experiment) in one block, and all negative settings in the other. Otherwise, any incidental differences between blocks would systematically affect all estimates of the main effects and interactions of the factors of interest. Rather, you want to distribute the runs over the blocks so that any differences between blocks (i.e., the blocking factor) do not bias your results for the factor effects of interest. This is accomplished by treating the blocking factor as another factor in the design. Blocked designs often also have the advantage of being statistically more powerful, because they allow you to estimate and control the variability in the production process that is due to differences between blocks.
For a detailed discussion of various blocked designs, and for examples of how to analyze such designs, see the Experimental Design and General Linear Models chapters.
Common Concepts in Statistics
When the available experimental units are not homogeneous, grouping them into blocks of homogeneous units will reduce the experimental error variance. This is called blocking where differences between experimental units other than those caused by treatment factors are taken into account. This is like comparing age-matched groups (blocks) of a control group with the corresponding blocks in the patients group in an investigation of the side effects of a drug as age itself may cause differences in the experiment. Block effects soak up the extra, uninteresting and already known variability in a model.
Interruption of predominately wavy flow in the westerlies. Distortion of westerly wind flow results in a meridional flow and the development of warm anticyclonic vortices equatorward of the original flow. Blocking patterns tend to persist for days or even weeks.
NCRS Construction Glossary
The process of fastening together two pieces of board by gluing blocks of wood in the interior angle.
Blocking Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Blocking may refer to:

Telecommunications and computing
  • Blocking (computing), holding up a task until an event occurs
  • Head-of-line blocking in some network switching fabrics

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Blocking Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Football Terms
Blocking is the art of preventing a defensive player from getting to the ball carrier. If a blocker is unable to keep this from happening he is 'beat' (SEE ABOVE). Blockers use their arms and bodies to hold back the defense but may not hold an opponent.
U.S. Figure Skating Glossary
A formation in which skaters line up one behind the other in more than two straight lines forming a block or formation. The block moves on the ice utilizing the entire surface.
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Blocking Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Roller Coaster Glossary
A section of track that is separated from the rest of the track by brakes, chain lifts, or other devices capable of halting the train.
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Blocking Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
film and video
Plotting actor, camera and microphone placement and movement in a production or scene. (Production)
Blocking Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Hepatitis Central (TM) Liver Disease Medical Glossary
The process of establishing defined groups, as in a treatment allocation schedule designed to ensure a specific allocation ratio