block n

ME > Fr. bloc.

  1. Neighborhood; immediate environs; portion of a road between intersections; [fig.] doorstop.
  2. Stone; cube; solid mass; material from which something is constructed.
  3. Guillotine; piece of wood for execution by beheading; [fig.] punishment; retribution for criminal activity.

block [-ed, -s] v

Fr. bloquer.

  1. Obscure; cover; eclipse; screen; blur; shadow.
  2. Obstruct; impede; hinder passage; put a barrier in front of; create an obstacle for.
  3. Phrase. “Block it up”: clog; close; dam; plug; shut.