Bloc or Block?
Bloc or Block?What is the difference between "bloc" and "block"?
- A "bloc" is a group or an alliance (usually of countries) united by a common interest.
- "Block" has many meanings (see below). As a noun, "block" usually suggests a large box shape (e.g., block of flats, cheese block, engine block, chopping block). As a verb, it usually means "to prevent by interruption" (to block the light).
More about "Bloc" and "Block"The words "bloc" and "block" are homonyms (more specifically, homophones) because they sound identical. The word "block" has several meanings, one of which is close in meaning to "bloc," and this is often the source of the confusion. When it means "a collection of things," "block" is similar in meaning to "bloc" (which means "a group" or "an alliance").
BlocThe noun "bloc" means "a group or an alliance united by a common interest." The members of a bloc are willing participants. "Bloc" most commonly refers to a group of nations, but it can be a group of anything that has decided to form a team.
Example sentences with "bloc":
- Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile have removed all trade tariffs among them, cementing a bloc that the four hope will encourage free trade between Latin America and the rest of the world.
- The combined economies of the Eurozone countries grew by 0.3% in the second quarter of this year, taking the bloc out of recession after 18 months, according to figures published today.
Block As a NounAs a noun, "block" has many meanings. Here are the nine most common meanings:
(1) A large solid piece of material (e.g. stone, wood), typically with flat surfaces.
- When building the pyramids, they lifted the granite blocks using counterweights.
- Have you eaten that whole block of cheese already?
- Without saying a word, she placed her head on the chopping block.
- You'll be for the chopping block. (In this example, "chopping block" is also figuratively. This means you'll be in trouble.)
- Use a chopping block for those onions so you don't mark the table.
- He is exceptionally quick out of the blocks for such a large man.
- The oil leak has caused the engine to overheat. I am afraid you have melted the engine block.
- It's an ugly block of apartments, but the views are amazing.
- There's a shoe shop in the next block.
- We only live a few blocks away. (Note: Often there are no "blocks" involved. The term "block" has come to mean a rough distance, which is usually between 100-400m.)
- I have purchased a large block of shares.
- If the Business Improvement District (BID) was as good for business as they claim, it would not have required the council's block of votes to force through its renewal.
- If it were not for that stunning block from Wells, it would almost certainly have been a goal.
- The sun reflects off the sea too, so apply plenty of block.
- The spiral effect radiates from a large block of blue in the middle of the painting.
Block As a VerbAs a verb, "to block" means:
(1) To obstruct or prevent movement or flow.
- The debris from the crash blocked the traffic for 10 hours.
- The mixture of hair and grime will block the drains.
- You are blocking the light.
- It has already blocked the overflow pipe, and it is now blocking the main outlet.
(2) To prevent an activity or planned activity.
- You can get as many signatures as you like. The boss will block your proposal.
- Don't block my path, you horrid little cretin.