# What is a block? Describe a block by streets

Cambridge Dictionary gives this definition about "block"

the distance along a street from where one road crosses it to the place where the next road crosses it, or one part of a street like this, especially in a town or city

Consider the area pointed out by the red rectangle shown below

From the left to the right, the first part "the distance along a street" becomes "the distance along Independence Avenue"; then second part "where one road crosses it to the place where ..." becomes

"where 4th st SW crosses it to the place where ..."

question#1: Is the area pointed out by the red rectangle called a block?

question#2: Does "it" here refer to Independence Avenue?

question#3: Does "the place" here refer to the block?

question#4: I guess "one part of a street like this" means some other style/shape of block, What does that refer to?

• You are parsing the sentence incorrectly: "the place" belongs to the clause "the place where the next road crosses it". In this case, it would be "the place where 3rd St SW crosses it". Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 15:16
• A block can be a linear distance along a single street, or a two-dimensional area enclosed by four streets. Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 15:18