bombard

  1. throw bombs at or attack with bombs

    Synonyms : bomb
    Type Of : assail, attack
  2. a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family

    Synonyms : bombardon
    Type Of : bass, shawm
  3. cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile

    Synonyms : pelt
    Type Of : throw
  4. address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage

    Synonyms : barrage
    Type Of : assail, snipe, round, assault, lash out, attack
    Examples :
    • The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer
  5. direct high energy particles or radiation against

    Type Of : ray, irradiate

bark

  1. remove the bark of a tree

    Synonyms : skin
    Type Of : strip
  2. a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts

    Synonyms : barque
    Type Of : sailing ship, sailing vessel
  3. a noise resembling the bark of a dog

    Type Of : noise
  4. cover with bark

    Type Of : cover
  5. make barking sounds

    Type Of : utter, emit, let loose, let out
    Examples :
    • The dogs barked at the stranger
  6. speak in an unfriendly tone

    Type Of : verbalise, verbalize, talk, mouth, utter, speak
    Examples :
    • She barked into the dictaphone
  7. tan (a skin) with bark tannins

    Type Of : tan
  8. the sound made by a dog

    Type Of : cry
  9. tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants

    Type Of : cover, natural covering, covering

breakthrough

  1. a productive insight

    Synonyms : discovery, find
    Type Of : brainstorm, brainwave, insight
  2. a penetration of a barrier such as an enemy's defense

    Type Of : penetration, incursion
  3. making an important discovery

    Type Of : uncovering, discovery, find

beyond

blacklist

  1. a list of people who are out of favor

    Synonyms : black book, shitlist
    Type Of : list, listing
  2. put on a blacklist so as to banish or cause to be boycotted

    Type Of : list
    Examples :
    • many books were blacklisted by the Nazis

boundary

  1. the greatest possible degree of something

    Synonyms : bound, limit
    Type Of : extent
  2. a line determining the limits of an area

    Synonyms : bound, edge
    Type Of : line
  3. the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

    Synonyms : bound, bounds
    Type Of : extremity

baulk

  1. the area on a billiard table behind the balkline

    Synonyms : balk
    Type Of : surface area, expanse, area
  2. one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

    Synonyms : balk, rafter
    Type Of : beam
  3. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

    Synonyms : balk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment
    Type Of : difficulty
  4. refuse to comply

    Synonyms : balk, jib, resist
    Type Of : disobey

backwash

  1. the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)

    Synonyms : aftermath, wake
    Type Of : result, consequence, event, upshot, issue, effect, outcome
  2. the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

    Synonyms : airstream, race, slipstream, wash
    Type Of : flow
  3. the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward

    Synonyms : wake
    Type Of : wave, moving ridge

bombshell

  1. a shocking surprise

    Synonyms : thunderbolt, thunderclap
    Type Of : surprise
    Examples :
    • news of the attack came like a bombshell
  2. an entertainer who has a sensational effect

    Type Of : entertainer
    Examples :
    • she was a blonde bombshell
  3. an explosive bomb or artillery shell

    Type Of : bomb

block

  1. an obstruction in a pipe or tube

    Synonyms : blockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage
    Type Of : impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor
    Examples :
    • we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe
  2. the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements

    Synonyms : blocking
    Type Of : obstruction
  3. a platform from which an auctioneer sells

    Synonyms : auction block
    Type Of : platform
    Examples :
    • they put their paintings on the block
  4. a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides

    Synonyms : cube
    Type Of : solid
  5. prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

    Synonyms : freeze, immobilise, immobilize
    Antonyms : unblock
    Type Of : keep back, withhold
  6. an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension

    Synonyms : mental block
    Type Of : inability
    Examples :
    • I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block
  7. stop from happening or developing

    Synonyms : halt, kibosh, stop
    Type Of : forestall, forbid, foreclose, preclude, prevent
  8. be unable to remember

    Synonyms : blank out, draw a blank, forget
    Examples :
    • You are blocking the name of your first wife!
  9. block passage through

    Synonyms : close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
    Type Of : hinder, impede
  10. a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope

    Synonyms : pulley, pulley-block, pulley block
    Type Of : simple machine, machine
  11. render unsuitable for passage

    Synonyms : bar, barricade, block off, block up, blockade, stop
    Type Of : close up, obturate, impede, occlude, obstruct, jam
    Examples :
    • block the way
  12. shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight

    Synonyms : obstruct
    Type Of : hide, conceal
    Examples :
    • The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage
  13. interfere with or prevent the reception of signals

    Synonyms : jam
    Type Of : break up, interrupt, cut off, disrupt
    Examples :
    • block the signals emitted by this station
  14. obstruct

    Synonyms : choke up, lug, stuff
    Type Of : clog up, clog, choke off, congest, foul, back up, choke
    Examples :
    • Her arteries are blocked
  15. a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine

    Synonyms : cylinder block, engine block
    Type Of : casting, cast
    Examples :
    • the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked
  16. a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings

    Synonyms : city block
    Type Of : area, country
    Examples :
    • he lives in the next block
  17. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

    Synonyms : deflect, parry
    Type Of : fence
    Examples :
    • block an attack
  18. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

    Synonyms : blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy
    Type Of : prevent, forbid, preclude, forestall, foreclose
    Examples :
    • His brother blocked him at every turn
  19. a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit

    Type Of : accumulation, collection, aggregation, assemblage
    Examples :
    • he reserved a large block of seats
    • he held a large block of the company's stock
  20. a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

    Type Of : artifact, artefact
    Examples :
    • the pyramids were built with large stone blocks
  21. (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted

    Type Of : computer memory unit
    Examples :
    • since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably
  22. housing in a large building that is divided into separate units

    Type Of : living accommodations, lodging, housing
    Examples :
    • there is a block of classrooms in the west wing
  23. interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia

    Type Of : anaesthetize, anesthetize, anaesthetise, put under, put out, anesthetise
    Examples :
    • block a nerve
    • block a muscle
  24. run on a block system

    Type Of : operate, run
    Examples :
    • block trains
  25. shape by using a block

    Type Of : shape, form
    Examples :
    • block a garment
  26. shape into a block or blocks

    Type Of : form, shape
    Examples :
    • block the graphs so one can see the results clearly
  27. stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block

    Type Of : stamp, emboss, boss
    Examples :
    • block the book cover
  28. support, secure, or raise with a block

    Type Of : hold up, sustain, support, hold
    Examples :
    • block a plate for printing
    • block the wheels of a car