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wood block[′wu̇d ¦bläk]
A picture, design, or lettering carved on a block of wood with hand tools; the nonprinting areas of the block are carefully carved away, and only the raised areas of the design carry the ink; it differs from a wood engraving because the design is carved along the side of the block parallel with the grain, rather than perpendicular to it; it is therefore characterized by broad areas and strokes running with the grain. Also known as woodcut.
1. One of many small, solid-wood blocks having plane faces, set in mastic, usually on a concrete floor slab, to form a durable floor finish.
2. A solid piece of wood placed in a concrete formwork to prevent movement of the form work or to fill a space.