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Meaning of block front

block front

Pronunciation: (blok' frunt' for 1 blok' frunt&sec for 2), [key]
  1. a front of a desk, chest of drawers, etc., of the third quarter of the 18th century, having three vertical divisions of equal width, a sunken one between raised ones, all divided by flat areas to which they are connected by curves, often with a shell motif forming a rounded termination to each section.
  2. the frontage of a block, esp. in a city or town.
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