blocco

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See also: bloccò

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈblɔk.ko/
  • Rhymes: -ɔkko
  • Hyphenation: blòc‧co

Etymology 1[edit]

From French bloc, from Middle French bloc (a considerable piece of something heavy, block), from Old French bloc (log, block), from Middle Dutch blok (treetrunk), from Old Dutch *blok (log), from Proto-Germanic *blukką (beam, log).

Noun[edit]

blocco m (plural blocchi)

  1. block (substantial piece of any substance)
  2. notebook, writing pad
    • 1991, Nora Roberts, Attimi sospesi, tr. of Second Nature, tr. by Claudia Cavallaro, Harlequin Mondadori (publ.).
      Prese un blocco e una matita.
      He got a writing pad and a pencil.
  3. set, block (a group of identical objects, regarded as a whole)
  4. (figuratively) bloc, coalition
    blocco orientaleEastern bloc
Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • blocco1 in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Etymology 2[edit]

From French blocus, from Middle Dutch blochuus (fortified house).

Noun[edit]

blocco m (plural blocchi)

  1. blockade
    • 2005, Peter J. Hugill, La comunicazione mondiale dal 1844, tr. by Domenico Gallo & Andrea Marti, Feltrinelli (publ.), page 15.
      Durante la Rivoluzione americana il blocco navale inglese delle coste americane risultò inefficace e la guerre de course inutile.
      During the American Revolution the English naval block on America's coasts resulted ineffective and the guerre de course was useless.
  2. embargo
    Synonym: embargo
  3. block, blockage
    blocco stradaleroad block
    blocco dei rifornimentiblockage of supplies
  4. standstill, paralysis (a state in which it is impossible to progress)
    blocco del trafficotraffic jam
    blocco della produzionestandstill in production
  5. (economics) freeze (of pay, etc.)
  6. lockdown
    Synonym: lockdown
    • 2020 September 18, Marta Rizzo, “"I dimenticati", per ricordare chi, con la pandemia ha definitivamente perso identità ["The forgotten", to remember who, with the pandemic has definitively lost their identity]”, in la Repubblica[1]:
      Il blocco totale e la pandemia hanno reso più invisibili, di quanto già non fossero, disabili, migranti e rifugiati, donne e uomini nelle fasce della società più povere.
      The total lockdown and the pademic have made more invisible, more than they already were, the disabled, migrants and refugees, women and men in the poorest sections of society.
  7. (computing) crash
  8. (pathology) failure, arrest
    blocco cardiacocardiac arrest

References[edit]

  • blocco2 in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb[edit]

blocco

  1. first-person singular present indicative of bloccare