building block

building block (plural building blocks)

  1. A component that is part of a larger construction, such as a brick or a stone.
    Words are the building blocks of a language.
    Cells are the building blocks of life.
  2. A block made of wood or plastic that is used as a children's toy and can be stacked or joined to form a larger structure.
  • French: brique
  • German: Baustein
  • Russian: строи́тельный блок
  • French: cube
  • German: Bauklotz, Spielbaustein
  • Russian: ку́бик

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