1. present participle of block


blocking ‎(countable and uncountable, plural blockings)

  1. The act by which something is blocked; an obstruction.
    blocking of major opposition sites
    • Oliver Sacks, Awakenings
      Miss H.'s voice was clear and intelligible, although it alternated between vocal blockings and extreme vocal hurry, every clause being jetted out suddenly, and rapidly decaying into aphonia.
  2. (theater) The precise movement and positioning of actors on a stage in order to facilitate the performance of a play, ballet, film or opera (originally planned using miniature blocks).
  3. Blocks used to support (a building, etc.) temporarily.
  4. (computing) A feature that prevents a keyboard from registering multiple simultaneous keypresses that would cause ghosting.
    • 2011, John St. Clair, Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine (page 218)
      Examine your matrix map, and make sure that no three keystrokes form a rectangle with a fourth keystroke that will cause you problems. This prevents both ghosting and blocking.


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