Definition of Building block

1. Noun. A single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else. "Units of nucleic acids"

Exact synonyms: Unit
Generic synonyms: Thing
Specialized synonyms: Chain, Chemical Chain, Couple, Unit Cell, Chemical Group, Group, Radical, Molecule
Terms within: Part, Piece
Derivative terms: Unitize, Unitize, Unitize

2. Noun. A block of material used in construction work.

Definition of Building block

1. Noun. A component that is part of a larger construction. ¹

2. Noun. A block made of wood or plastic that is used as a children's toy. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Building Block

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Literary usage of Building block

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Carpentry and Building (1905)
"47 Concrete Building Construction, Methods of 303 Concrete building block Machines. Concrete building blocks and Machines, Normandin July 47 Apr. 46 ..."

2. Handbook of Building Construction: Data for Architects, Designing and by Nathan Clarke Johnson, George Albert Hool (1920)
"There is n great difference between such concrete stone building units and the ordinary concrete building block, made in machines or multiple molds in ..."

3. Principles and Practice of Harbour Construction by William Shield (1895)
"... of constructing Alderney breakwater—Aberdeen breakwater staging— General remarks on staging—Facilities afforded by staging in building block work, etc. ..."

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