His blobber lips and beetle brows commend.
(Blob"ber-lipped`) a. Having thick lips. "A blobber-lipped shell." Grew.
(||Blo*cage") n. [F.] (Arch.) The roughest and cheapest sort of rubblework, in masonry.
(Block) n. [OE. blok; cf. F. bloc D. & Dan. blok, Sw. & G. block, OHG. bloch. There is also
an OHG. bloch, biloh; bi by + the same root as that of E. lock. Cf. Block, v. t., Blockade, and see
1. A piece of wood more or less bulky; a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more plane,
or approximately plane, faces; as, a block on which a butcher chops his meat; a block by which to mount
a horse; children's playing blocks, etc.
Now all our neighbors' chimneys smoke,
And Christmas blocks are burning.
All her labor was but as a block
Left in the quarry.
2. The solid piece of wood on which condemned persons lay their necks when they are beheaded.
Noble heads which have been brought to the block.
3. The wooden mold on which hats, bonnets, etc., are shaped. Hence: The pattern or shape of a hat.
He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next block.
4. A large or long building divided into separate houses or shops, or a number of houses or shops built
in contact with each other so as to form one building; a row of houses or shops.
5. A square, or portion of a city inclosed by streets, whether occupied by buildings or not.
The new city was laid out in rectangular blocks, each block containing thirty building lots. Such an
average block, comprising 282 houses and covering nine acres of ground, exists in Oxford Street.
6. A grooved pulley or sheave incased in a frame or shell which is provided with a hook, eye, or strap,
by which it may be attached to an object. It is used to change the direction of motion, as in raising a
heavy object that can not be conveniently reached, and also, when two or more such sheaves are compounded,
to change the rate of motion, or to exert increased force; used especially in the rigging of ships, and
7. (Falconry) The perch on which a bird of prey is kept.
8. Any obstruction, or cause of obstruction; a stop; a hindrance; an obstacle; as, a block in the way.
9. A piece of box or other wood for engravers' work.