block-n; 14 Senses

Sense Number 1: a solid 3D object with rectangular sides

Commentary: BLOCK[+form][+3D][+solid][+rectangular]

The child played with building blocks.
Sally put a new block of soap by the bathtub.
He carved a statue from the block of marble.
The sprinter placed his foot against the starting block in preparation for the race.
Mary used a chopping block to cut up the vegetables for the stew.
There were blocks of ice floating in the river this morning.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: an area in a town or city bounded by streets

Commentary: BLOCK[+location][+area][+unit][+urban][+bounded][+by_streets]

John's house is the most expensive one on the block.
She took the dog for a walk around the block after dinner.
We had to walk eight blocks to the post office.
The fire was about a block from my house.
That policeman patrols these blocks of the neighborhood.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a number of same objects treated as a unit

Commentary: BLOCK[+quantity][+amount][+same_objects][+as_unit]

They're selling blocks of Red Sox tickets on the Internet.
He holds a large block of the company's stock.
We tour company has reserved a block of seats for our group.
These data blocks are 512 kilobytes in size.
The computer scan identified several blocks of bad data on the disk.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4, 6

Sense Number 4: a housing unit within a larger building

Commentary: BLOCK[+artifact][+housing][+unit][+within_building]

Prisoners were rioting in two cell blocks.
There is a block of classrooms in the west wing of the old hall.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: a mental obstacle

Commentary: BLOCK[+state][+mental][+obstruction][+psychological]

Bob has a mental block when it comes to learning foreign languages.
The therapist helped her recognize her emotional blocks with men.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 6: a pulley system

Commentary: BLOCK[+artifact][+pulley_system][+wheel_with_groove]

He used the mechanical advantage of the block and tackle.
These blocks on the sailboat enable you to handle heavy load on the sails.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 7: metal casting of an engine

Commentary: BLOCK[+artifact][+casting][+metal][+of_engine]

The auto mechanic discovered the engine block was cracked.
The pistons of an internal combustion engine are inside the cylinder block.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 8: physical obstruction of passage

Commentary: BLOCK[+structure][+physical][+role][+obstruction][+of_passageway]

A block in the artery caused the patient's stroke.
The police have set up a block in the road.
An ice dam creates a block on the edge of a roof so that melting water pools on the roof instead of flowing off it, leading to leaks in the ceiling.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 9: platform for auctions

Commentary: BLOCK[+artifact][+platform][+auction]

They've put their paintings on the block.
This foreclosed house goes on the auction block next week.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 11

Sense Number 10: the act of obstructing movement or progress

Commentary: BLOCK[+event][+obstructing][+progress]

The goalie's block of the kick prevented the offense from scoring.
This latest violence is a serious block to negotiations.
Her constant and unreasonable demands were a block to the soprano's career.
The senator's effective block of the bill angered the president.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 12

Sense Number 11: flat solid areas of color

Commentary: BLOCK[+form][+2D][+area][+of_color]

The abstract painting was a series of overlapping blocks of bright colors.
The curtains had blocks of green and yellow in their repeating design.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 12: a person's head

Commentary: BLOCK[+structure][+physical][+anatomical][+head][+of_person]
NOTE: slang usage

The bully threatened to knock his block off.
Can't John get it through his block that Mary is my girl.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 13: IDIOMS

Commentary: BEEN_AROUND_THE_BLOCK (have some experience) NEW_KID_ON_THE_BLOCK (a newcomer to some context) A_CHIP_OFF_THE_OLD_BLOCK (be closely related to an earlier person or thing)

These entrepreneurs have been around the block a few times. (not their first venture)
John's the new kid on the block in our department. (a new worker)
Bob's father said Bob is just a chip off the old block. (just like his dad)

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: Idiom

Sense Number 14: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)