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English noun: building block

1. building block (object) a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else

SamplesUnits of nucleic acids.


Broader (hypernym)thing

Narrower (hyponym)chain, chemical chain, chemical group, couple, group, molecule, radical, unit cell

Part holonympart, piece

2. building block (artifact) a block of material used in construction work

Broader (hypernym)building material

Narrower (hyponym)ashlar, breeze block, cinder block, clinker block, headstone, key, keystone, voussoir

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