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blocking

When you obstruct someone from seeing or doing something, that's blocking. In most sports, blocking your opponent is a huge part of playing the game.

Blocking the player who's trying to make a basket is one kind of blocking. There's also blocking a street for the neighborhood block party, or blocking your ex-friend on social media. In each case, you're cutting off access in some way. In theater, the word takes on a different meaning, "the staging of actors." This use stems from the 19th-century theater, when directors would frequently use wooden blocks to plan out the actors' positions on a miniature stage.

Definitions of blocking
  1. noun
    the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
    synonyms: block
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    types:
    interference
    (American football) blocking a player's path with your body
    trap block
    (American football) an illegal block
    parry
    (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
    type of:
    obstruction
    getting in someone's way
  2. noun
    the precise staging of performers’ positions and movements
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