Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the temporary supports or blocks on which a ship's keel rests while the ship is building. It is a block of timber which can be removed when the key-pieces or templets are knocked away.
- n. One of a set of blocks with which children imitate the construction of buildings.
“Although Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is typically associated with the darkest, shortest days of winter, the waning daylight is already reducing the availability from the sun of vitamin D, a building-block of serotonin, the neurotransmitter linked to depression.”
“Now that they had some room, they dove into building with their generic Danish building-block sets.”
“He collected all sorts of trading cards, building-block sets, books, and comics.”
“Infiniski's designs are based on what could be called a building-block approach.”
“European Commissioner for Monetary Affairs called the plan "an important building-block of the needed comprehensive response to the sovereign-debt crisis.”
“Most remarkable of all is that this tragedy, far from diminishing or even destroying Gillian, became the building-block on which the rest of her long life she is now 85 was founded.”
“France, Germany and Poland in particular are keen on this idea and see it as a key building-block for a future European state.”
“Later, the plan foresees shifting to next-generation liquid-fueled boosters in a gradual, building-block approach.”
“Embryonic stem cells are building-block cells that differentiate into more specific cells, and the long-term aim is to use them to regenerate cells that can't be replaced because of injury or disease.”
“Mete out the questions in logical, building-block fashion.”
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