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  • A group of bits or digits that are transmitted as a unit and that may be encoded for error-control purposes. (FP)
  • A string of records, words, or characters, that for technical or logical purposes, are treated as a unit. (FP) (ISO) Note: Blocks are separated by interblock gaps and each block may contain one or more records.
  • In programming languages, a subdivision of a program that serves to group related statements, delimit routines, specify storage allocation, delineate the applicability of labels, or segment parts of the program for other purposes. (FP)
  • [from process scheduling terminology in OS theory] vi. To delay or sit idle while waiting for something. "We're blocking until everyone gets here. " Compare busy-wait.
  • `block on' vt. To block, waiting for (something). "Lunch is blocked on Phil's arrival. "