block
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block(
blak
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (piece)
a. el bloque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The sculptor carved the swan out of a huge block of ice.El escultor esculpió el cisne de un bloque gigante de hielo.
b. el tajo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for chopping or executing)
The executioner's block would have been covered in blood.El tajo del ejecutor habría estado cubierto de sangre.
c. el tarugo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of wood)
We mounted blocks to the exterior wall to provide additional support for the air conditioning unit.Montamos tarugos a la pared exterior para proporcionar apoyo adicional para la unidad de aire acondicionado.
d. el zoquete
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of wood)
Dominic uses a wooden block when working with sandpaper to keep the sanding even.Dominic utiliza un zoquete de madera cuando trabaja con papel de lija para mantener uniforme el lijado.
2. (toy)
a. el cubo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm buying a set of wooden blocks for my niece.Voy a comprar un juego de cubos de madera para mi sobrina.
3. (area)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la manzana
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Her house is two blocks away from my apartment.Su casa está a dos manzanas de mi apartamento.
b. la cuadra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I think the store is on the next block.Creo que la tienda está en la siguiente cuadra.
4. (building)
a. el bloque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We're moving to a brand-new apartment block.Nos vamos a mudar a un bloque de apartamentos nuevo.
b. el edificio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The new office block is much brighter.El nuevo edificio de oficinas es mucho más luminoso.
5. (quantity of things)
a. el grupo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
On Tuesday a block of tickets will go on sale to VIP members.El martes un grupo de entradas se pondrá a la venta para los miembros VIP.
b. la sección
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We'll be reserving a block of seats for the school.Reservaremos una sección de asientos para el colegio.
c. el paquete
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of shares)
I sold my block of shares to another shareholder.Vendí mi paquete de acciones a otro accionista.
d. el bloque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of text)
Select the block of text you want to move.Selecciona el bloque de texto que quieres mover.
6. (inability to think)
a. el bloqueo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The writer had a severe mental block.El escritor sufría de un bloqueo mental serio.
7. (computing)
a. el bloque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Each block contains 512 bytes of data.Cada bloque contiene 512 bytes de información.
8. (obstacle)
a. el obstáculo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Being single was a block to getting a promotion in the company.Estar soltero era un obstáculo para ascender en la empresa.
9. (stationery) (United Kingdom)
a. el bloc
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They sell exercise books, blocks and stationery.Venden cuadernos, blocs y papelería.
10. (sports)
a. el bloqueo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This type of block is very effective.Este tipo de bloqueo es muy eficaz.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
11. (to obstruct)
a. bloquear
A clot may block the coronary arteries.Un coágulo puede bloquear las arterias coronarias.
b. atascar
A dead rat was blocking the drain!¡Una rata muerta estaba atascando el desagüe!
c. tapar
Mud blocked the tailpipe and carbon monoxide flooded the car, almost killing the driver.El lodo tapó el tubo de escape y el monóxido de carbono se metió en el auto casi matando al conductor.
d. obstruir
There was a bunch of hair blocking the shower drain.Había un montón de pelo obstruyendo el drenaje de la regadera.
e. cerrar el paso
An overturned truck has blocked the outbound lanes on the city's east side.Un camión volcado ha cerrado el paso de los carriles de salida al este de la ciudad.
12. (to make difficulties for)
a. obstaculizar
The opposition party blocked the negotiations.El partido de la oposición obstaculizó las negociaciones.
b. bloquear
The bank blocked all their accounts under court order.El banco bloqueó todas sus cuentas por orden judicial.
13. (computing)
a. agrupar
Blocking data improves efficiency in the short term; but over the long term, it produces fragmentation and inefficiencies.A corto plazo, agrupar los datos mejora la eficiencia; pero a largo plazo produce fragmentación e ineficiencias.
14. (sports)
a. bloquear
The pivot blocked the ball.El pivote bloqueó el balón.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
15. (sports)
a. bloquear
Number 17 blocked low into the knee of the defensive player.El número 17 bloqueó por las rodillas al jugador defensivo.
blocks
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
16. (sports)
a. el taco de salida
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
When the starting gun is fired, you need to push against the blocks.Al sonar el disparo de salida, hay que impulsarse con el taco de salida.
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block
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (of ice, wood, stone)
a. el bloque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (of butcher, for execution)
a. el tajo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
3. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'll knock your block off!¡te rompo la crisma!
block and tacklepolipasto m, sistema m de poleas
block capitals(letras fpl) mayúsculas fpl
block diagramdiagrama m (de flujo or bloques)
4. (building)
a. el bloque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
5. (group of buildings)
a. la manzana
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
b. la cuadra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
block of flatsbloque de apartamentos or
6. (of shares)
a. el paquete
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
7. (of seats, tickets)
a. el grupo m, conjunto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
8. (computers)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
a block of textun bloque de texto
block bookingreserva de grupo
block votevoto por delegación
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (pipe, road, proposal)
a. bloquear
10. (toilet, sink)
a. atascar
11. (exit, stairs)
a. obstruir
to block somebody's waycerrar el paso a alguien
to block somebody's viewno dejar ver a alguien
12. (finance)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to block a checkanular un cheque
13. (computers)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to block textmarcar un bloque de texto
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block [blɒk]
noun
1 [of stone] bloque (m); [of wood] zoquete (m); tarugo (m); (for paving) adoquín (m); (butcher's, executioner's) tajo (m); (toy) (also building block) cubo (m); [of brake] zapata (f); [of cylinder] bloque (m)
on the block (US) con dinero contante y sonante (informal); a tocateja (informal); (Esp)
2 (building) bloque (m); especially (US) (group of buildings) manzana (f); cuadra (f); (LAm)
block of flats (Britain) bloque (m) de pisos; (Esp) edificio (m) de departamentos; (LAm) to walk around the block dar la vuelta a la manzana; three blocks from here especially (US) a tres manzanas de aquí
3 (section) [of tickets, stamps] serie (f)
block of seats grupo (m) de asientos; block of shares paquete (m) de acciones
4 (blockage) (gen) atasco (m); (Med) bloqueo (m)
writer's block bloqueo (m) de escritor; to have a mental block tener un bloqueo mental
5 (Britain) (Tip) molde (m); (writing pad) bloc (m)
6 (Dep) blocks(also starting blocks) tacos (m) de salida
to be first/last off the blocks ser el más rápido/lento en la salida
Christie may not have been first off the blocks but he was first where it mattered — at the finish line
ser el más/menos madrugador
Christmas is coming, and Oxford University Press looks like being first off the blocks: next week it will launch A Christmas Story Three studios are lining up to remake the Maid of Orleans. First off the blocks is Warner Brothers' In Nomine Dei...
7 (Comput) bloque (m)
8 (head)
to knock sb's block off romper la crisma a algn (informal)
transitive verb
1 (obstruct) [+road, gangway] bloquear
Students today blocked a highway that runs through the center of the city When the shrimp farm is built it will block the stream An extremely fat man was blocking the gangway
[+traffic, progress] estorbar; impedir; [+pipe] obstruir; (Parl) [+bill] bloquear; (Comm) [+account] bloquear; (Dep) bloquear; parar
to block sb's way cerrar el paso a algn
to block sb's view
he stopped in the doorway, blocking her view se paró en la entrada, tapándole la vista; am I blocking your view? ¿te estoy tapando?; the road is blocked in four places el camino está cortado en cuatro lugares
road blocked cerrado (por obras)
my nose is blocked tengo la nariz taponada
2 (Comput) agrupar
intransitive verb
(Dep) bloquear; parar
modifier
block and tackle (n) (Téc) aparejo (m) de poleas
block booking (n) reserva (f) en bloque
block capitals (n) (letras (f)) mayúsculas (f)
in block capitals en mayúsculas; en letra or caracteres de imprenta
block diagram (n) diagrama (m) de bloques
block grant (n) subvención (f) en bloque
block letters (n)
block capitals See culture box in entry block.
block release (n) (Britain) (Educ) exención (f) por estudios
block vote (n) voto (m) por representación
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