In basketball, a block, not to be confused with blocking, occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a field goal attempt from an offensive player. The defender must not touch the offensive player's hands or otherwise a foul is called. In order to be legal, the block must occur while the shot is traveling upward or at its apex. A deflected field goal that is made does not count as a blocked shot and simply counts as a successful field goal attempt for shooter plus the points awarded to the shooting team. Every successful blocked shot is counted as a missed field goal attempt for the shooter. Also, on a shooting foul, a blocked shot cannot be awarded ...

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  1. A substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.
    A block of ice.
    A block of stone.
    Anne Boleyn placed her head on the block and awaited her execution.
  2. A group of urban lots of property, several acres in extent, not crossed by public streets.
    I'm going for a walk around the block.
  3. A residential building consisting of flats.
    A block of flats.
  4. The distance from one street to another in a city that is built (approximately) to a grid pattern.
    The place you are looking for is two long blocks east and one short block north.
  5. The human head.
    I'll knock your block off.
  6. A wig block: a simplified head model upon which wigs are worn.
  7. A mould on which hats, bonnets, etc., are shaped.
  8. A set of sheets (of paper) joined together at one end.
    A block of 100 tickets.
  9. A logical data storage unit containing one or more physical sectors (see cluster).
  10. A region of code in a program that acts as a single unit, such as a function or loop.
  11. A fixed-length group of bits making up part of a message.
  12. A case with one or more sheaves/pulleys, used with ropes to increase or redirect force, for example, as part of the rigging of a sailing ship.
  13. A portion of a macromolecule, comprising many units, that has at least one feature not present in adjacent portions.
  14. Something that prevents something from passing (see blockage).
    There's a block in the pipe that means the water can't get through.
  15. An action to interfere with the movement of an opposing player or of the object of play (ball, puck).
  16. A shot played by holding the bat vertically in the path of the ball, so that it loses momentum and drops to the ground.
  17. A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter’s court.
  18. A joined group of four (or in some cases nine) postage stamps, forming a roughly square shape.
  19. A section of split logs used as fuel.
  20. The perch on which a bird of prey is kept.
  21. A piece of hard wood on which a stereotype or electrotype plate is mounted.
  22. A blockhead; a stupid fellow; a dolt.
  23. A section of a railroad where the block system is used.


  1. To fill (something) so that it is not possible to pass.
    The pipe is blocked.
  2. To prevent (something or someone) from passing.
    You're blocking the road – I can't get through.
  3. To prevent (something from happening or someone from doing something).
    His plan to take over the business was blocked by the boss.
  4. To impede an opponent.
    He blocked the basketball player's shot.
    The offensive linemen tried to block the blitz.
  5. To specify the positions and movements of the actors.
    It was very difficult to block this scene convincingly.
  6. To hit with a block.
  7. To play a block shot.
  8. To disable communication via telephone, instant messaging, etc., with an undesirable someone.
    I tried to send you a message, but you've blocked me!
  9. To wait.
    When the condition expression is false, the thread blocks on the condition variable.
  10. To stretch or mould (a knitted item, a hat, etc.) into the desired shape.
    I blocked the mittens by wetting them and pinning them to a shaped piece of cardboard.

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