Dead block

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either of two wooden or iron blocks intended to serve instead of buffers at the end of a freight car.

See also: Dead

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
This dead block had existed for some little time, when Barbicane resolved to get rid of it all at once.
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