1. <unit> A unit of data or memory, often, but not exclusively, on a magnetic disk or magnetic tape.

Compare: record, sector.

2. <operating system> To delay or sit idle while waiting for something.

Compare: busy-wait.

3. <computer programming> A delimited section of source code in a block-structured language.

(01 Sep 2004)

An obstruction or stoppage.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)

Bloch-Sulzberger disease, Bloch-Sulzberger syndrome, block < Prev | Next > blockade, block anaesthesia

Bookmark with: icon icon icon icon iconword visualiser Go and visit our forums Community Forums