Definition of blocking in US English:



  • 1The action or fact of blocking or obstructing someone or something.

    ‘the issue led to the disruption of classes and the blocking of the Kakata highway by angry students’
    • ‘Yesterday he said health bosses were right to push ahead with the reforms and accused those opposing the plans of blocking better care for the people of the city.’
    • ‘Does regeneration mean the effective blocking of the roads - those life giving arteries - with the inevitable thrombosis and deadly infarct?’
    • ‘The first blocking of the Yangtze took place here three years ago.’
    • ‘Angry people tend to feel that they are morally right, that any blocking or changing of their plans is an unbearable indignity and that they should NOT have to suffer this way.’
    • ‘Concentration is adversely affected by smoking with the gradual blocking up of the arteries and veins with gunge from cigarettes that starve the brain of oxygen.’
    • ‘Thus it seems unlikely that IP address blocking would be very effective anyway, at least in the short term.’
    • ‘The delayed Airport flyover work has resulted in blocking of drains, leading to inundation of water, she added.’
    • ‘Reporting a stolen cellphone for blocking is no longer helpful because of some unpatriotic technicians who receive bribes to unblock stolen cell phones.’
    • ‘Sir, can you reflect on the usefulness or futility of blocking all the highways?’
    • ‘The aim is to prevent reckless parking, which would result in complete blocking of the way to their customers.’
    • ‘The proposals would also involve closing part of Frenches Road and blocking Fairhaven Road's junction with the A23.’
    • ‘The measures against these persons include blocking of funds, financial assets and other types of property, denial of access to financial services, and others.’
    • ‘A number of the nonviolent protests included the temporary blocking of roads.’
    • ‘Israel justified the strikes that initiated the 1967 Six-Day War on the basis that Egypt's blocking of the Straits of Tiran was a prior act of aggression.’
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    1. 1.1 Obstructing or impeding the actions of an opponent in a game, especially (in ball sports) one who does not have control of the ball.
      • ‘He is strong on the fundamentals of blocking out and has an excellent nose for the ball.’
      • ‘An agile player with good interior moves and shot blocking and rebounding abilities, his offensive game will need development.’
      • ‘Williams must add weight and improve his blocking to play every down.’
      • ‘He needs to work on his rebounding - shot blocking doesn't seem to be a part of his game - and ballhandling around the basket.’
      • ‘He will become a more complete player when his blocking improves in the running game.’
      • ‘His blocking and ball carrying have been better than expected, and he has brought leadership to a young locker room.’
      • ‘While Smith's runs have made him famous the underappreciated part of his game remains his blocking.’
      • ‘To him, as he reminds me often, it is still a game of blocking and tackling.’
      • ‘The match started well for the Newbridge men with their reception of service and blocking doing well against a very strong attacking side.’
      • ‘The running game has been ineffective because of injuries and poor blocking, and the receivers don't have the speed to make the downfield passing game a threat.’
      • ‘His blocking, still the weakest part of his game, is improving each week.’
      • ‘Hall has great quickness and athleticism for his size, he can catch the ball, and the team believes his blocking can come around.’
      • ‘He excelled at cricket, learning the same techniques of blocking and sweeping to the boundary that serve him so well in interviews.’
      • ‘That allowed the other linemen to work against single blocking and gave linebackers a free path to the ball.’
      • ‘Remember, they don't have much to complement him in the way of a running game or blocking.’
      • ‘He needs to improve his blocking and become more consistent catching the ball.’
      • ‘Instead, he gained a little weight to help his blocking and has turned himself into a versatile, valuable player.’
      • ‘They understand the technical aspects of the game, the blocking, tackling, ball carrying, throwing, catching and coverage.’
      • ‘Green must become stronger at the point of attack and do a better job of blocking down in the run game.’
      • ‘For the team to win more regularly, it must improve its run blocking and ability to run the ball.’
  • 2Psychiatry
    The sudden halting of the flow of thought or speech, as a symptom of schizophrenia or other mental disorder.

    • ‘These disruptions included blocking of thoughts, insomnia, having to stop what she was doing, and embarrassment.’
    1. 2.1 Failure to recall or consider an unpleasant memory or train of thought.
      • ‘There are good times to be had, but they require a conscious blocking of the less-than-savoury elements.’
      • ‘He was also one of the first to talk about repression and blocking out of troubled memories.’
      • ‘This paradox arises either through the blocking of memory, or under oppressive regimes through torture and fear of the consequences of testifying.’
      • ‘One of the most common and worrying memory failures is name blocking - being unable to retrieve the names of familiar people.’
      • ‘Imagine if your memory did not undergo transience or blocking.’
      • ‘Sometimes it is a way of blocking out painful memories.’
      • ‘As for normal people like myself, I will just have to go to bed now, while trying to recall my blocking in my sleep.’
      blotting out, covering, obscuring, hiding, concealing, veiling, shrouding, darkening
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  • 3The grouping or treatment of things (e.g., items of data or shades of color) in blocks.

    • ‘Time spent blocking in a system call does not count against the process, because the scheduler is free to schedule other processes during this time.’
    • ‘By performing proper blocking experiments, the topographical and adhesion information can be separated.’
    1. 3.1 The physical arrangement of actors on a stage or movie set.
      • ‘All four sections have identical blocking, and the result is a scream.’
      • ‘I did manage to do it, with some creative acting from the other members of the cast, some blocking and some clever us of props!’
      • ‘But as I stated earlier the pace of the show was rather too slow and this, I believe, was due mainly to poor blocking.’
      • ‘This and her blocking treat the house-left side of the audience as if they don't exist.’
      • ‘The blocking of this scene - the relationship among actors, lights, and camera - is important to the analysis.’
      • ‘They helped me with my blocking, took the time to test me on my lines and, at the end of the evening, helped escort me to bed.’
      • ‘I took her to our rehearsal and spent a week of blocking with video camcorder.’
      • ‘It's a memory which, although I can no longer remember a single word of the script, or any of the blocking, has stayed crystal clear in my mind ever since.’
      • ‘He was especially pleased with some excellent setting and blocking in all three sets.’
      • ‘Most films of the time were still hampered by a sense of theatrical blocking of scenes into linear sequences.’
      • ‘The heroine is cute but her best lines are lost in hurried delivery; wooden acting and static blocking on everyone's part encumber the flat script.’
      • ‘We didn't commit to any blocking and did the 13-hour drive to Winnipeg learning the lines.’
      • ‘She, and all of them, are constrained by hopeless blocking and a lighting design so discrete as to be invisible to the naked eye.’
      • ‘He is excellent with direction and blocking and knows how to treat actors!’
      • ‘Just finished learning blocking for my first scene ever.’
      • ‘While singing with lovely tone, her ragged entries and distracting blocking added humour but lost novelty quickly.’
      • ‘Director James Robinson provides only the most rudimentary blocking, often, as in the muddled party scene, to the detriment of the drama.’
      • ‘Would the scene have been as good with different blocking?’
      • ‘This blocking is a major problem and could have been solved with the repositioning of actors.’