city block

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city block (plural city blocks)

  1. The smallest part of a town enclosed by streets.
    The store is huge, occupying an entire city block.
  2. The distance from one urban street to the next, or an approximately comparable distance.
    In Lawrence, a mile is generally 12 city blocks east-west or 8 blocks north-south.
    Go along that road for about a city block, and you should see an old barn.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Distance can vary widely from roughly one fifth to one half kilometer (one eighth to one third of a mile).