American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A group of nations, parties, or persons united for common action: the Communist bloc.
- n. An often bipartisan coalition of legislators acting together for a common purpose or interest: the farm bloc in the U.S. Senate.
- n. a group of voters or politicians who share common goals
- n. a group of countries acting together for political or economic goals, an alliance: e.g., the eastern bloc, the western bloc, a trading bloc
- n. a group of countries in special alliance
- From French bloc ("group, block"), from Middle French bloc ("a considerable piece of something heavy, block"), from Old French bloc ("log, block"), from Middle Dutch blok ("treetrunk"), from Old Saxon *blok ("log"), from Proto-Germanic *bluk(k)an (“beam, log”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhulg'-, from *bhelg'- (“thick plank, beam, pile, prop”). Cognate with Old High German bloh, bloc (German Block, "block"), Old English bolca ("gangway of a ship, plank"), Old Norse bǫlkr (Norwegian bolk, "divider, partition"). More at balk. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, block; see block. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“KM: The forming of this bloc is a natural consequence of events in the region - firstly, the presence of Israel and its atrocities against the region, and then the failure of the negotiation process to achieve something substantial.”
“Iran's Foreign Ministry said the hands of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran "are stained with the blood of thousands of Iranian and non-Iranian people" and the EU decision demonstrated what it called the bloc's "double standards" in dealing with terrorism.”
“The question should not be posed in the immature manner of whose team or bloc is currently winning, but whether progressive policies are being promoted. urgs says:”
“Mr. Allawi's Iraqiya political bloc is trying to pull together enough support to form the next Iraqi government and end a political stalemate that has persisted since the March elections.”
““The social conservative bloc is pressing for the standards to turn Joseph McCarthy into an American hero,” says Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, a group that aims to “counter the religious right.””
“Today the Jewish bloc is interested primarily in Palestine and will continue to be an uncertain quantity right up to the time of election.”
“The Jewish vote, insofar as it can be thought of as a bloc, is important only in New York.”
“Allawi's bloc is not as united, and many believe it could easily splinter under pressure.”
“Germany's economy jumped 9% last quarter, at an annualized rate, and Slovenia's — which like others in the former Eastern bloc is closely linked to Germany — grew more than 4%.”
“The fate of the public option in the House will be largely determined by the parallel whip efforts -- and how aggressive each bloc is in pushing for its priorities.”
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