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/bles"buk'/, n., pl. blesbucks, (esp. collectively) blesbuck. blesbok. * * *
▪ rodent Introduction  any of about a dozen species of burrowing African rodents (rodent) that live in arid regions south of the Sahara (desert). Blesmols are highly adapted ...
—blesser, n. —blessingly, adv. /bles/, v.t., blessed or blest, blessing. 1. to consecrate or sanctify by a religious rite; make or pronounce holy. 2. to request of God the ...
—blessedly, adv. —blessedness, n. /bles"id/; esp. for 3, 7 /blest/, adj. 1. consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified: the Blessed Sacrament. 2. worthy of adoration, reverence, ...
blessed event
the birth of a child. * * *
Blessed Sacrament
Eccles. the consecrated Host. [1550-60] * * *
Blessed Trinity
Trinity (def. 1). * * *
Blessed Virgin
the Virgin Mary. * * *
See blessed. * * *
See blessedly. * * *
Blessed Sacrament n. Roman Catholic Church The consecrated host. * * *
blessed thistle n. An annual, yellow-flowered, thistlelike Mediterranean herb (Cnicus benedictus) in the composite family, used in herbal medicine.   [From its use by monks in ...
BlessedVirgin Mary
Blessed Virgin Mary n. The Virgin Mary. * * *
See bless. * * *
/bles"ing/, n. 1. the act or words of a person who blesses. 2. a special favor, mercy, or benefit: the blessings of liberty. 3. a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing ...
Blessing Way
Central ritual in the complex system of ceremonies performed by the Navajo to restore equilibrium to the cosmos. Of the major categories of Navajo rituals, the largest group is ...
Blessington, Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of
▪ Irish author née  Power  born September 1, 1789, Knockbrit near Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland died June 4, 1849, Paris, France       Irish writer chiefly ...
▪ Navajo ritual       central ceremony of a complex system of Navajo healing ceremonies known as sings, or chants, that are designed to restore equilibrium to the ...
/blest/, v. 1. a pt. and pp. of bless. adj. 2. blessed. * * *
Blest Gana, Alberto
▪ Chilean writer born May 4, 1830, Santiago, Chile died Nov. 9/11, 1920, Paris, Fr.       novelist who founded the Chilean social novel.       Blest Gana began ...
blet [blet] n. 〚Fr blet, blette, overripe, soft〛 decay in overripe fruit * * *
/bledh"euhr/, n., v.i., v.t. blather. * * *
/bli til"euh/, n. any of several terrestrial orchids of the genus Bletilla, of eastern Asia, as B. striata, having terminal clusters of showy purple or white flowers. [ < NL, ...
/blet"ing/, n. the ripening of fruit, esp. of fruit stored until the desired degree of softness is attained. [ < F blet (fem. blette) overripe (var. of OF blece, adj. deriv. of ...
bleu cheese
/blooh/ See blue cheese. [1955-60; F bleu for BLUE because certain highly prized blue cheeses come from France] * * *
Fr. /bluedeu rddwann"/, n. the bright enamel blue color characteristic of Sèvres ware. Also called bleu royal Fr. /blue rddwann yannl"/; Eng. /blooh" roy"euhl, roy ...
bleu cheese (blo͞o) n. See blue cheese.   [French, blue, from Old French. See blue.] * * *
/bloy"leuhrdd/, n. Eugen /oy gayn"/, 1857-1939, Swiss psychiatrist and neurologist. * * *
Bleuler, Eugen
born April 30, 1857, Zollikon, Switz. died July 15, 1939, Zollikon Swiss psychiatrist. He is best known for his studies of schizophrenia and for introducing (1908) the term for ...
Bleustein-Blanchet, Marcel
▪ 1997       French advertising magnate and entrepreneur who founded France's first advertising agency, Publicis, where he created a number of unforgettable advertising ...
/blooh/, v. 1. pt. of blow2. 2. pt. of blow3. * * *
/blooh"it/, n. an edible pale-bluish mushroom, Tricholoma personatum. Also, bluette, blewits, blewitt. Also called blue-leg. [1820-30; prob. BLUE + -ET] * * *
Blicher, Steen Steensen
▪ Danish author born October 11, 1782, Vium, Jutland, Denmark died March 26, 1848, Spentrup, Jutland  Danish poet and short-story writer who portrayed the people of Jutland ...
/blee"dah/, n. a city in N Algeria. 99,238. * * * ▪ Algeria also called  (after 1981) El-Boulaida,         town, northern Algeria. It lies on the southern edge of ...
Blige, Mary J.
▪ American singer-songwriter in full  Mary Jane Blige  born Jan. 11, 1971, Bronx, N.Y., U.S.       American singer-songwriter who has been called the Queen of Hip-Hop ...
/bluy/, n. William, 1754-1817, British naval officer: captain of H.M.S. Bounty, the crew of which mutinied 1789. * * *
Bligh, William
born Sept. 9, 1754, county of Cornwall, Eng. died Dec. 7, 1817, London English admiral. He went to sea at the age of seven and joined the Royal Navy in 1770. After serving as ...
Bligh (blī), William. 1754-1817. British naval officer who as captain of the H.M.S. Bounty was set adrift by his mutinous crew during a voyage to Tahiti (1789). * * *
—blightingly, adv. /bluyt/, n. 1. Plant Pathol. a. the rapid and extensive discoloration, wilting, and death of plant tissues. b. a disease so characterized. 2. any cause of ...
/bluy"teuhr/, n. Brit. Slang. 1. a contemptible, worthless person, esp. a man; scoundrel or rascal. 2. a chap; bloke. [1815-25; BLIGHT + -ER1] * * *
/bluy"tee/, n., pl. blighties. Brit. Slang. 1. (often cap.) England as one's native land; England as home: We're sailing for old Blighty tomorrow. 2. a wound or furlough ...
/bluy"mee/, interj. Brit. Informal. (used to express surprise or excitement.) Also, blimy. [1885-90; orig. reduced form of blind me, as ellipsis from God blind me; cf. ...
/blimp/, n. 1. a small, nonrigid airship or dirigible, esp. one used chiefly for observation. 2. Slang. a fat person. [1915-20; of uncert. orig.] * * * ▪ aircraft  nonrigid ...
/blimp/, (sometimes l.c.) See Colonel Blimp. [1930-35] * * * ▪ aircraft  nonrigid or semirigid airship dependent on internal gas pressure to maintain its form. The origin ...
—blimpishly, adv. —blimpishness, n. /blim"pish/, adj. (sometimes cap.) pompously reactionary: the blimpish attitudes of the old colonialists. [1935-40; COLONEL BLIMP + ...
/blin/, n. Russian Cookery. sing. of blini. [1885-90; < Russ; ORuss blinu, by dissimilation from mlinu, n. deriv. from base of Russ molót' to grind, mél'nitsa mill; cf. ...
—blindingly, adv. —blindness, n. /bluynd/, adj., blinder, blindest, v., n., adv. adj. 1. unable to see; lacking the sense of sight; sightless: a blind man. 2. unwilling or ...
blind alley
1. a road, alley, etc., that is open at only one end. 2. a position or situation offering no hope of progress or improvement: That line of reasoning will only lead you up another ...
blind carbon (copy)
blind carbon (copy) or blind carbon n. a carbon copy of a letter sent to someone other than the addressee, with no indication on the original letter that such a copy has been ...
blind casing
Building Trades. (in a box window frame) a rough framework to which the trim is secured. * * *
blind copy
a copy of a letter or the like, the original of which bears no evidence that the copy was sent to some other person. * * *
blind date
1. a social appointment or date arranged, usually by a third person, between two people who have not met. 2. either of the participants in such an arrangement. [1920-25, Amer.] * ...
blind door
a door having louvers permitting circulation of air. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
blind fish
Any of various species of sightless fishes, among them several unrelated cave-dwelling species. Blind cave fishes are pale and small, growing to about 4 in. (10 cm) long, and ...
blind flange
a disk for closing the end of a pipe, having holes for bolting it to a flange. * * *
blind floor
subfloor. * * *
blind gut
the cecum. [1585-95] * * *
blind hole
Golf. a hole whose green cannot be seen by the approaching golfer because of trees or other obstructions. [1895-1900] * * *
blind man's rule
a carpenter's rule having large numbers to permit its reading in dim light. * * *
blind man’s buff
(AmE alsoblindman’s bluff) n [U] a children’s game, played at parties, in which a player whose eyes have been covered tries to catch and identify the other players. ➡ note ...
blind mole rat
▪ rodent       any of eight species of burrowing rodents living in the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. Among the several rodents referred to as “mole ...
blind pig
Chiefly Inland North and Pacific States. See blind tiger. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
blind roller
Oceanog. a long ocean swell that rises almost to breaking as it passes over shoals. [1885-90] * * *
blind salamander
any of several North American salamanders, esp. of the genera Typhlotriton, Typhlomolge, and Haideotriton, that inhabit underground streams or deep wells and have undeveloped ...
blind seed
Plant Pathol. a disease of ryegrass, characterized by shriveled, soft seeds, caused by a fungus, Phialea temulenta. [1935-40] * * *
blind side
1. the part of one's field of vision, as to the side and rear, where one is unable to see approaching objects. 2. the side opposite that toward which a person is ...
blind snake
any of numerous wormlike, burrowing snakes of the families Typhlopidae, Leptotyphlopidae, and Anomalepididae, most of which have vestigial eyes. Also called worm snake. * * ...
blind spot
1. Anat. a small area on the retina that is insensitive to light due to the interruption, where the optic nerve joins the retina, of the normal pattern of light-sensitive rods ...
blind staggers
Vet. Pathol. 1. stagger (def. 13). 2. Informal. a condition of staggering and dizziness, esp. as the result of drunkenness. [1775-85, Amer.] * * * ▪ animal ...
blind tiger
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. an illegal saloon. [1855-60, Amer.; perh. so called because exhibitions of natural curiosities served as fronts for such places] * * *
blind trust
a trust in which a trustee controls the financial investments of a public official, without the beneficiary's knowledge of how his or her affairs are administered, in order to ...
/bluynd"em baws', -bos'/, v.t. Bookbinding. blind-stamp. * * *
blind-side or blind·side (blīndʹsīd') tr.v. blind-·sid·ed, blind-·sid·ing, blind-·sides 1. To hit or attack on or from the blind side. 2. To catch or take unawares, ...
/bluynd"stamp'/, v.t. Bookbinding. to emboss or impress (the cover or spine of a book) without using ink or foil. Also, blind-emboss. Cf. blind (def. 17). [1905-10] * * *
blind alley n. 1. An alley or passage that is closed at one end. 2. A mistaken, unproductive undertaking. * * *
/bluynd"kat'/, n. any of several catfishes, as Satan eurystomus (widemouth blindcat) of Texas, that inhabit underground streams and have undeveloped eyes and unpigmented ...
blind date n. 1. A social engagement between two persons who have not previously met, usually arranged by a mutual acquaintance. 2. Either of the persons participating in such a ...
/bluyn"deuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that blinds. 2. a blinker for a horse. 3. Brit. Informal. a spectacular shot or action in sports, esp. soccer: He played a ...
blinders [blīn′dərz] pl.n. BLINKER (n. 2a) * * *
/bluynd"fish'/, n., pl. blindfishes, (esp. collectively) blindfish. cavefish. [1835-45, Amer.; BLIND + FISH] * * *
/bluynd"fohld'/, v.t. 1. to prevent or occlude sight by covering (the eyes) with a cloth, bandage, or the like; cover the eyes of. 2. to impair the awareness or clear thinking ...
See blindfold. * * *
blind gut n. 1. A digestive cavity having only one opening. 2. See cecum. * * *
/blint"huym'/, n. German name of Blenheim. * * *
/bluyn"ding/, n. a layer of sand or fine gravel for filling the gaps in the surfaces of a road or pavement, as one of crushed and compacted stone. [1350-1400; ME; see BLIND, ...
See blind. * * *
/bluynd"lee/, adv. 1. in a blind manner: We felt our way blindly through the black tunnel. 2. without understanding, reservation, or objection; unthinkingly: They followed their ...
blindman's buff
/bluynd"manz' buf"/ a game in which a blindfolded player tries to catch and identify one of the other players. Also called blindman's bluff. [1580-90] * * * ▪ ...
blind·man's bluff (blīndʹmănz') n. A game in which a blindfolded player tries to catch and identify one of the other players. Also called blindman's buff.   [Alteration of ...
blindman’s bluff
➡ blind man’s buff * * *
See blindingly. * * * Inability to see with one or both eyes. Transient blindness (blackout) can result from vertical acceleration causing high gravitational forces, ...
blind pig n. Chiefly Upper Midwest & Western U.S. See blind tiger. * * *
blind pool n. A start-up company that sells stock in a public offering without specifying how the investors' money will be spent. * * *
/bluynd"suyd'/, v.t., blindsided, blindsiding. 1. Sports. to tackle, hit, or attack (an opponent) from the blind side: The quarterback was blindsided and had the ball knocked out ...
/bluynd"suyt'/, n. the ability of a blind person to sense accurately a light source or other visual stimulus even though unable to see it consciously. [BLIND + SIGHT] * * *
blind spot n. 1. Anatomy. The small, circular, optically insensitive region in the retina where fibers of the optic nerve emerge from the eyeball. It has no rods or cones. Also ...
blind staggers pl.n. (used with a sing. verb) See stagger. * * *
/bluynd"stawr'ee, -stohr'ee/, n., pl. blindstories. Archit. a story, or major horizontal division of a wall, having no exterior windows or other major openings. [1510-20; BLIND + ...
blind tiger n. Chiefly Southern & Midland U.S. A place where alcoholic beverages are sold illegally; a speakeasy. Also called blind pig.   [After the early custom of exhibiting ...
blind trust n. A financial arrangement in which a person, such as a high-ranking elected official, avoids possible conflict of interest by relegating his or her financial affairs ...
/bluynd"werrm'/, n. 1. a limbless European lizard, Anguis fragilis, related to the glass lizards. 2. a caecilian, Ichthyophis glutinosus, of Sri Lanka, that coils around its ...
/blin"ee, blee"nee/, n.pl., sing. blin. Russian Cookery. pancakes made with yeast and either white or buckwheat flour and traditionally served during Shrovetide with caviar and ...
/blingk/, v.i. 1. to open and close the eye, esp. involuntarily; wink rapidly and repeatedly. 2. to look with winking or half-shut eyes: I blinked at the harsh morning light. 3. ...
blink comparator
an optical instrument used to detect small differences in two photographs of the same field or object by viewing them alternately, switching rapidly from one to the ...
/bling"keuhr/, n. 1. a device for flashing light signals. 2. a light that flashes intermittently, esp. one that serves as a traffic signal. 3. either of two leather flaps on a ...
blink·ered (blĭngʹkərd) adj. Subjective and limited, as in viewpoint or perception: “The characters have a blinkered view and, misinterpreting what they see, sometimes ...
—blinkingly, adv. /bling"king/, adj., adv. Chiefly Brit. (used as an intensifier): He's a blinking idiot. [1910-15; BLINK + -ING2] * * *
/bling"kee/, adj., blinkier, blinkiest. Midland U.S. (of milk) sour. [BLINK (in the sense "to turn sour"; cf. Brit. dial. blink to bewitch, turn (milk, beer) sour by witchcraft) ...
☆ blintz [blints ] n. 〚Yiddish blintze < Russ blinyets, dim. of blin, pancake〛 a thin pancake rolled with a filling of cottage cheese, fruit, etc. * * * blintz (blĭnts) ...
/blints, blint"seuh/, n. Jewish Cookery. a thin pancake folded or rolled around a filling, as of cheese or fruit, and fried or baked. Also, blintz /blints/. [1900-05; < Yiddish ...
/blin"ee, blee"nee/, n.pl., sing. blin. blini. * * *
/blip/, n., v., blipped, blipping. n. 1. Also called pip. Electronics. a. a spot of light on a radar screen indicating the position of a plane, submarine, or other object. b. ...
/blip"ing/, adj. bleeping. * * *
—blissless, adj. /blis/, n. 1. supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment: wedded bliss. 2. Theol. the joy of heaven. 3. heaven; paradise: the road to eternal bliss. 4. ...
/blis/, n. 1. Sir Arthur (Edward Drummond), 1891-1975, English composer. 2. Tasker /tas"keuhr/ Howard, 1853-1930, U.S. general. * * * (as used in expressions) Bliss Sir Arthur ...
Bliss Classification
▪ bibliographic system also called  Bibliographic Classification (BC)        bibliographic system devised by Henry Evelyn Bliss, of the College of the City of New ...
Bliss, Gilbert Ames
▪ American mathematician born May 9, 1876, Chicago died May 8, 1951, Harvey, Ill.       U.S. mathematician and educator known for his work on the calculus of ...
Bliss, Nathaniel
▪ English astronomer born Nov. 28, 1700, Bisley, Gloucestershire, Eng. died Sept. 2, 1764, Oxford, Oxfordshire       Britain's fourth Astronomer ...
Bliss, Sir Arthur
▪ English composer original name in full  Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss  born August 2, 1891, London died March 27, 1975, London  one of the leading English composers of the ...
Bliss, Sir Arthur (Edward Drummond)
born Aug. 2, 1891, London, Eng. died March 27, 1975, London British composer. He studied with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. Though he was compositionally adventurous ...
Bliss, Tasker (Howard)
born Dec. 31, 1853, Lewisburg, Pa., U.S. died Nov. 9, 1930, Washington, D.C. U.S. general. After attending West Point (1875), he served in various military assignments, ...
Bliss, Tasker Howard
▪ United States military leader born Dec. 31, 1853, Lewisburg, Pa., U.S. died Nov. 9, 1930, Washington, D.C.  U.S. military commander and statesman who directed the ...
Bliss, William D P
▪ American social reformer born August 20, 1856, Constantinople [now Istanbul] died October 8, 1926, New York City       social reformer and organizer of Christian ...
Bliss, William D(wight) P(orter)
born Aug. 20, 1856, Constantinople, Tur. died Oct. 8, 1926, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. social reformer. The son of U.S. missionaries, he graduated from Hartford Theological ...
bliss-out or bliss·out (blĭsʹout') n. Slang Ecstasy; bliss. * * *
—blissfully, adv. —blissfulness, n. /blis"feuhl/, adj. full of, abounding in, enjoying, or conferring bliss. [1175-1225; ME; see BLISS, -FUL; r. OE blissig] * * *
See blissful. * * *
See blissful. * * *
/blis"teuhr/, n. 1. a thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, as from a burn or other injury. 2. any similar swelling, as an air bubble in a coat of ...
blister beetle
any of various beetles of the family Meloidae, many of which produce a secretion capable of blistering the skin. [1810-20] * * * Any of approximately 2,000 species of beetles ...
blister copper
Metall. a matte of from 96 to 99 percent copper, having a blistered surface after smelting because of gases generated during solidification. [1860-65] * * *
blister gas
Chemical Warfare. a poison gas that burns or blisters the tissues of the body; vesicant. [1935-40] * * *
blister pack
a package consisting of a clear plastic overlay affixed to a cardboard backing for protecting and displaying a product: a blister pack of four flashlight batteries. Also called ...
blister rust
Plant Pathol. a disease, esp. of white pines, characterized by cankers and in the spring by blisters on the stems, caused by a rust fungus of the genus Cronartium. [1915-20] * * ...
blister steel
Metall. steel produced from wrought iron by cementation in covered pots, having a blistered appearance because of the gases generated during the process. [1830-40] * * *
blister beetle n. Any of various soft-bodied beetles of the family Meloidae, such as the cantharis, that secrete a substance capable of blistering the skin. Also called meloid. * ...
blister copper n. An almost pure copper produced in an intermediate stage of copper refining.   [From its blistered appearance.] * * *
—blisteringly, adv. /blis"teuhr ing/, adj. 1. causing a blister or blisters. 2. (esp. of sunlight, heat, etc.) very severe or intense. 3. very fast or rapid: a blistering ...
See blistering. * * *
blister pack n. A transparent, molded piece of plastic, often sealed to a sheet of cardboard, used to package and display an item of merchandise. Also called bubble pack. * * *
blister rust n. Any of several diseases of pine trees caused by certain fungi of the genus Cronartium, resulting in conspicuous blistering and often dieback of affected areas. * ...
/blis"teuh ree/, adj. having blisters, as paint or glass. [1735-45; BLISTER + -Y1] * * *
BLit abbr. Latin Baccalaureus Litterarum (Bachelor of Literature). * * *
▪ Indonesia       city and kabupaten (regency), Jawa Timur propinsi (East Java province), Java, Indonesia. It is located 70 miles (113 km) southwest of Surabaya, the ...
/bluyt/, n. 1. See sea blite. 2. See strawberry blite. [1375-1425; late ME < L blitum < Gk blíton] * * *
—blitheful, adj. —blithefully, adv. —blithely, adv. —blitheness, n. /bluydh, bluyth/, adj., blither, blithest. 1. joyous, merry, or gay in disposition; glad; cheerful: ...
/bluydh, bluyth/, n. a female given name. * * *
See blithe. * * *
See blithely. * * *
/blidh"euhr/, v.i. to talk foolishly; blather: He's blithering about some problem of his. [1865-70; var. of BLATHER] * * *
blithering [blith′ər iŋ] adj. 〚blither, var. of BLATHER + -ING〛 talking without sense; jabbering * * *
—blithesomely, adv. —blithesomeness, n. /bluydh"seuhm, bluyth"-/, adj. lighthearted; merry; cheerful: a blithesome nature. [1715-25; BLITHE + -SOME1] * * *
See blithesome. * * *
See blithesomely. * * *
BLitt or BLit or B.Lit. or B.Litt. abbrev. 〚L Baccalaureus Lit(t)erarum〛 Bachelor of Letters (or Literature) * * * BLitt abbr. Latin Baccalaureus Litterarum (Bachelor of ...
—blitzer, n. /blits/, n. 1. Mil. a. an overwhelming all-out attack, esp. a swift ground attack using armored units and air support. b. an intensive aerial bombing. 2. any ...
blitz can
Mil. See jerry can (def. 1). * * *
blitz chess.
See speed chess. * * *
blitz chess n. A form of chess in which all moves must be completed during a fixed time, usually five minutes per player. Also called speed chess. * * *
/blitst/, adj. Slang. 1. drunk or stoned. 2. extremely tired. Also, blitzed-out /blitst"owt"/. [BLITZ + -ED2] * * *
/blits"kreeg'/, n., v.t. blitz (defs. 1, 2, 5). [1935-40; < G, equiv. to Blitz lightning + Krieg war] * * * (German: "lightning war") Military tactic used by Germany in World ...
/blits"stuyn/, n. Marc, 1905-64, U.S. composer. * * *
Blitzstein, Marc
born March 2, 1905, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Jan. 22, 1964, Fort-de-France, Martinique U.S. composer. He studied at the Curtis Institute, then with the conductor Nadia ...
bliv·it (blĭvʹĭt) n. Slang 1. Something annoying or pointless. 2. Something difficult or impossible to name.   [Origin unknown.] * * *
Blix, Hans
▪ 2004       As the likelihood of war between the United States and Iraq grew in early 2003, the eyes of the world turned toward a soft-spoken Swedish lawyer named Hans ...
/blik"seuhn/, n. Karen. See Dinesen, Isak. * * *
—blizzardy, blizzardly, adj. /bliz"euhrd/, n. 1. Meteorol. a. a storm with dry, driving snow, strong winds, and intense cold. b. a heavy and prolonged snowstorm covering a wide ...
blk abbrev. 1. black 2. block 3. bulk * * *
1. black. 2. block. 3. bulk. * * *
Bureau of Land Management. Also, B.L.M. * * *
/bloht/, v.t. 1. to expand or distend, as with air, water, etc.; cause to swell: Overeating bloated their bellies. 2. to puff up; make vain or conceited: The promotion has ...
—bloatedness, n. /bloh"tid/, adj. 1. swollen; puffed up; overlarge. 2. excessively vain; conceited. 3. excessively fat; obese. [1655-65; BLOAT + -ED2] * * *
/bloh"teuhr/, n. 1. a herring cured by being salted and briefly smoked and dried. 2. a mackerel similarly cured. 3. a freshwater cisco, Coregonus hoyi, found in the Great ...
/blob/, n., v., blobbed, blobbing. n. 1. a globule of liquid; bubble. 2. a small lump, drop, splotch, or daub: A blob of paint marred the surface. 3. an object, esp. a large one, ...
Blobel, Günter
born May 21, 1936, Waltersdorf, Silesia, Ger. U.S. cellular and molecular biologist. He earned his M.D. from Eberhard-Karl University and his Ph.D. from the University of ...
/blok/, n. 1. a group of persons, businesses, etc., united for a particular purpose. 2. a group of legislators, usually of both major political parties, who vote together for ...
Bloc National
Right-wing coalition that controlled the French government from 1919 to 1924. On a wave of nationalist sentiment at the end of World War I, the Bloc gained about 75% of the ...
Bloc Québécois
▪ political party, Canada English  Quebec Bloc        regional political party in Canada, supporting the independence of predominantly French-speaking Quebec. The ...
/blok"voht'/, v.i., bloc-voted, bloc-voting. to vote in or as a bloc: Party conservatives can be counted on to bloc-vote. * * *
/blok/, n. 1. Ernest, 1880-1959, Swiss composer, in the U.S. after 1916. 2. Felix, 1905-83, Swiss physicist in the U.S.: Nobel prize 1952. 3. Konrad E., born 1912, U.S. ...
Bloch, Ernest
born July 24, 1880, Geneva, Switz. died July 15, 1959, Portland, Ore., U.S. Swiss-born U.S. composer. He conducted and lectured at the Geneva Conservatory before moving in 1916 ...
Bloch, Ernst
▪ German political scientist born July 8, 1885, Ludwigshafen, Ger. died Aug. 4, 1977, Stuttgart       German Marxist philosopher whose Philosophie der Hoffnung ...
Bloch, Felix
born Oct. 23, 1905, Zürich, Switz. died Sept. 10, 1983, Zürich Swiss-born U.S. physicist. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1933 and taught at Stanford University (1934–71). He ...
Bloch, Jean-Richard
▪ French writer born May 25, 1884, Paris, France died March 15, 1947, Paris       French essayist, novelist, and playwright active in the cause of ...
Bloch, Joseph Samuel
▪ Austrian rabbi, politician, and journalist born Nov. 20, 1850, Dukla, Galicia, Austrian Empire [now in Poland] died Oct. 1, 1923, Vienna [Austria]       Austrian ...
Bloch, Konrad E.
▪ American biochemist in full  Konrad Emil Bloch  born January 21, 1912, Neisse, Germany [now Nysa, Poland] died October 15, 2000, Burlington, Massachusetts, ...
Bloch, Konrad Emil
▪ 2001       German-born American biochemist (b. Jan. 21, 1912, Neisse, Ger. [now Nysa, Pol.]—d. Oct. 15, 2000, Burlington, Mass.), conducted research to determine how ...
Bloch, Marc
▪ French historian in full  Marc Léopold Benjamin Bloch  born July 6, 1886, Lyon, France died June 16, 1944, near Lyon       French medieval historian, editor, and ...
Bloch, Marc (Léopold Benjamin)
born July 6, 1886, Lyon, France died June 16, 1944, near Lyon French historian. He served in the French infantry in World War I. From 1919 he taught medieval history at the ...
Bloch, Robert Albert
▪ 1995       U.S. writer (b. April 5, 1917, Chicago, Ill.—d. Sept. 23, 1994, Los Angeles, Calif.), crafted dozens of screenplays, mysteries, fantasies, and essays but ...
Bloch (blŏk, blôk, blôKH), Ernest. 1880-1959. Swiss-born American composer noted for his chamber music, such as Quintet for Piano and Strings (1923), and for works with ...
Bloch,Konrad Emil
Bloch, Konrad Emil. Born 1912. German-born American biochemist. He shared a 1964 Nobel Prize for research on cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism. * * *
—blockable, adj. /blok/, n. 1. a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more flat or approximately flat faces. 2. a hollow masonry building unit of cement, terra ...
/blok/, n. Herbert Lawrence ("Herblock"), born 1909, U.S. cartoonist. * * * (as used in expressions) Herbert Lawrence Block block and tackle Block Island block mill * * *
block and tackle
the ropes or chains and blocks used in a hoisting tackle. [1830-40] * * * Combination of pulleys with a rope or cable, commonly used to augment pulling force. Two or more of ...
block association
an association of residents of a city block who work together to maintain a safe and attractive neighborhood. Also called block club, block organization. [1970-75] * * *
block book
▪ publishing       book printed from wooden blocks on which the text and illustration for each page had to be painstakingly cut by hand. Such books were distinct from ...
block booking
a practice among motion-picture distributors of contracting with an exhibitor to show a predetermined series of films. [1920-25] * * *
block capital
a sans-serif letter with lines of uniform weight. Cf. block letter. [1900-05] * * *
block caving
Mining. a method of mining a large block of ore by systematically undercutting so the ore will cave. Cf. cave (def. 5a). * * *
block chord
a two-handed chord played usually in the middle range of the piano with the left hand duplicating or complementing the right-hand notes. * * *
block coal
bituminous coal that breaks into large lumps or cubical blocks. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
block coefficient
Naval Archit. the ratio of the immersed volume of a vessel to the product of its immersed draft, length, and beam. Also called coefficient of fineness. [1900-05] * * *
block diagram
1. a chart or diagram using labeled blocks connected by straight lines to represent the relationship of parts or phases, as the steps in a data-processing application. Cf. flow ...
block faulting
Geol. the process by which tensional forces in the earth's crust cause large bodies of rock to founder. Cf. fault block. [1920-25] * * *
block front
—block-front, adj. /blok" frunt"/ for 1; /blok" frunt'/ for 2 1. Furniture. a front of a desk, chest of drawers, etc., of the third quarter of the 18th century, having three ...
block grant
a consolidated grant of federal funds, formerly allocated for specific programs, that a state or local government may use at its discretion for such programs as education or ...
block heater
an electrically operated immersion heater fitted either to enter the water hose or the water jacket surrounding the cylinder block of a motor to warm the coolant in cold ...
block house
Stock Exchange. a firm that specializes in block trades. * * *
Block Island
an island off the coast of and a part of Rhode Island, at the E entrance to Long Island Sound. * * * Island, Rhode Island, U.S. It lies at the eastern entrance to Long Island ...
block lava
Geol. basaltic lava in the form of a chaotic assemblage of angular blocks; aa. [1910-15] * * *
block letter
1. Print. a sans-serif typeface or letter, usually compressed and having tight curves. 2. a simple, hand-printed capital letter. [1905-10] * * *
block line
a rope or chain running through the blocks of a tackle. * * *
block mast
Naut. a short mast from the head of which a lateen yard is suspended. * * *
block mill
Earliest mechanized factory for mass production. It was conceived by Samuel Bentham, with machinery designed by Marc Brunel and built by Henry Maudslay, and built at England's ...
block mountain
Geol. a mountain formed by the uplift of blocks of the earth's crust. [1895-1900] * * *
block organization.
See block association. * * *
block party
an outdoor festival, usually held in a closed-off city street, often to raise money for a local organization or for a block association. * * *
block plane
Carpentry. a small plane for cutting across the grain. [1880-85] * * *
block print
Fine Arts. a design printed by means of one or more blocks of wood or metal. [1810-20] * * *
block printing
block printing n. printing of designs, drawings, etc. from engraved blocks coated with ink or dyes * * *
block signal
—block signaling. a fixed railroad signal governing the movements of trains entering and using a given section of track. [1880-85] * * *
block system
Railroads. 1. a series of consecutive blocks. Cf. block (def. 22). 2. a system of blocks and block signals for controlling train movements. [1860-65] * * *
block tin
pure tin. * * *
block trade
—block trader. the purchase and sale of blocks of securities through brokers, sometimes not members of an exchange, who negotiate between buyers and sellers. * * *
Block,Herbert Lawrence
Block (blŏk), Herbert Lawrence. Known as Her·block (hûrʹblŏk) Born 1909. American editorial cartoonist whose witty works have appeared in the Washington Post and more than ...
—blockader, n. /blo kayd"/, n., v., blockaded, blockading. n. 1. the isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor, or city, by hostile ships or troops ...
blockade runner
☆ blockade runner n. a ship or person that tries to go through or past a blockade * * *
—blockade-running, n. /blo kayd"run'euhr/, n. a ship or person that passes through a blockade. [1860-65] * * *
See blockade-runner. * * *
See blockade. * * *
/blok"ij/, n. 1. an act of blocking. 2. the state of being blocked; an obstructed condition: the blockage of the streets by heavy snows. 3. something that blocks; ...
blockand tackle
block and tackle Half the pull (p) is required to lift the weight (w) with a two single-block and tackle unit. Precision Graphics n. An apparatus of pulley blocks and ropes or ...
/blok"bust'/, v.t., v.i. to subject or be subjected to blockbusting: Developers blockbusted in order to buy up the entire area. [Amer.; by back formation from BLOCKBUSTER or ...
/blok"bus'teuhr/, n. 1. an aerial bomb containing high explosives and weighing from four to eight tons, used as a large-scale demolition bomb. 2. a motion picture, novel, etc., ...
Blockbuster Art Exhibitions
▪ 1997 by Sandra Millikin       Blockbuster, a highly explosive word not usually associated with art, has now entered the lexicon as a term applied to art exhibitions. ...
/blok"bus'ting/, n. the profiteering practice by unscrupulous real-estate agents or speculators of reselling or renting homes that they obtain by inducing panic selling at prices ...
/blok"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that blocks. 2. Football. a player whose assignment or special skill is blocking. 3. Biochem. a substance that inhibits the physiological ...
Ger. /blawk"flue'teuh/, n., pl. blockflöten Ger. /-fluet'n/. Music. a recorder. Also, blockflute /blok"flooht'/. [ < G Blockflöte, equiv. to Block BLOCK + Flöte FLUTE] * * *
block grant n. An unrestricted federal grant, as to a locality. * * *
—blockheaded, adj. —blockheadedly, adv. —blockheadedness, n. —blockheadism, n. /blok"hed'/, n. 1. a stupid, doltish person; dunce. 2. Obs. a piece of wood in the shape of ...
/blok"hows'/, n., pl. blockhouses /how'ziz/. 1. Mil. a fortified structure with ports or loopholes through which defenders may direct gunfire. 2. Also called garrison house. ...
/blok"ing/, n. Carpentry. a number of small pieces of wood for filling interstices, or for spacing, joining, or reinforcing members. [1575-85; BLOCK + -ING1] * * *
blocking antibody
Immunol. an antibody that partly combines with an antigen and interferes with cell-mediated immunity, thereby preventing an allergic reaction. Also called blocking factor. * * *
blocking capacitor
Electronics. a capacitor used for stopping the passage of direct current from one circuit to another while allowing alternating current to pass. Also called coupling capacitor. * ...
—blockishly, adv. —blockishness, n. /blok"ish/, adj. like a block; dull; stupid. [1540-50; BLOCK + -ISH1] * * *
See blockish. * * *
See blockishly. * * *
Block Island An island off southern Rhode Island at the eastern entrance to Long Island Sound. Visited by Dutch explorers in 1614, it was settled in 1661. * * *
block letter n. 1. A plain capital letter written or printed unjoined to a following or preceding letter. 2. Printing. a. A sans-serif style of type. b. A letter printed or ...
block party n. An outdoor public party organized by the residents of a neighborhood or city block. * * *
block plane n. A small plane used by carpenters for cutting across the grain of wood. * * *
➡ street names * * *
block signal n. A fixed signal at the entrance to a railroad block, indicating whether or not trains may enter. * * *
block system n. A system for controlling and safeguarding the flow of railway trains in which track is divided into blocks, each controlled by automatic signals. * * *
/blok"ee/, adj., blockier, blockiest. 1. heavily built; solid; stocky. 2. marked by blocks or patches of unequally distributed light and shade, as in a photograph. [1870-75; ...
Bloemaert, Abraham
▪ Dutch painter and engraver born , Dec. 25, 1564, Gorinchem [now in The Netherlands] died Jan. 27, 1651, Utrecht, Neth.       influential Dutch Mannerist painter and ...
Bloembergen, Nicolaas
▪ American physicist born March 11, 1920, Dordrecht, Neth.       Dutch-born American physicist, corecipient with Arthur Leonard Schawlow (Schawlow, Arthur L.) of the ...
/bloohm"fon tayn'/, n. a city in and the capital of the Orange Free State, in the central Republic of South Africa. 182,000. * * * City (pop., 1996: 333,769), Republic of South ...
blog [bläg] n. 〚( We) blog
➡ Joe Bloggs. * * *
Blogs Mix Up the Media
▪ 2003        Web logs were not new, but as a forum for personal expression they sprouted prodigiously on the Internet, captured new audiences, and drew intensified ...
/blwann/, n. a city in and the capital of Loire-et-Cher, in central France, on the Loire River: historic castle. 51,950. * * * ▪ France       city, capital of ...
/blok/; Russ. /blawk/, n. Alexander Alexandrovich /al'ig zan"deuhr al'ig zan"dreuh vich, -zahn"dreuh-, -zahn"deuhr/; Russ. /u lyi ksahndrdd" u lyi ksahn"drddeuh vyich/, ...
Blok, Aleksandr (Aleksandrovich)
born Nov. 28, 1880, St. Petersburg, Russia died Aug. 7, 1921, Petrograd [St. Petersburg] Russian poet and dramatist. He was the principal representative of Russian Symbolism ...

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