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block (def 2).
one of a set of cube-shaped blocks used by children to make simple constructions.
a basic element or component:
the building blocks of proteins.
a block of stone or other material, larger than a brick, used in building
a component that fits with others to form a whole: standardized software building blocks
another name for (the child’s toy) block


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