from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to prevent from entering or penetrating
  • v. to prevent (a thought) from entering one's mind.
  • v. to cover something, so as to make it impossible to see.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. prevent from entering
  • v. indicate roughly
  • v. plan where and when songs should be inserted into a theatrical production, or plan a theatrical production in general
  • v. shield from light


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  • “I was seven, and I remember sitting on the front-porch steps that whole last night, covering my ears to block out his screaming.”

    Dragon Warrior

  • Unlike as in the library, the windows of this chamber are heavily curtained to block out all light.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • Earplugs, earmuffs, or a warm, fuzzy hat will block out some of the noise.

    The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child

  • If I visualize a chocolate cupcake and settling into a hydro and a book at bedtime, I can block out the backup on the inner loop of the Beltway, or the international faces of anguish that the “news” blurbheads, selling Hondas in between the images of hopelessness and horror, must want to numb me to in their relentless quest to inform inform inform me.

    You Know Where to Find Me

  • Of course the lock-and-key system of the neurotransmitter/dendrite interaction is exactly what a Darwinian-type survival-of-the-fit would favor as a fail-safe system to block out wrongly directed signals.


  • Taylor tried to block out the rush of the cars and trucks and believed she heard music, something syrupy, full of strings, like Mantovani.

    Mistress of Justice

  • You must rise up, like Mrs. Naqvi, block out negative thoughts, and say, You know what?

    It’s Your Time

  • Too excited to wait until dark, he taped sheets over the windows to block out the light and showed us a blurry launching ofMercuryand thenApollo 11,giving us details the narrator omitted.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • Blinders go up to block out the old contact, and he narrows his focus upon the new contact.

    The Time Paradox

  • 'Well anyway, ever since she told me, and it all came back to me in a rush - what Karen had said, and what I'd done afterwards - I've been lying here struggling to block out those last pictures of what happened to Uncle Zak by trying to remember.

    No Laughing Matter


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