block vs bloc : Common Errors in English

About block vs bloc

“Block” has a host of uses, including as the spelling in the phrase “block of time.” But for groups of people and nations, use the French spelling bloc: “bloc of young voters,” “Cold War-era Eastern bloc of nations.” Don’t be confused by punning names for groups and Web sites like “Writer’s Bloc.”

block Meaning(s)

  • (n) a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
  • (n) a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
  • (n) a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
  • (n) a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit
  • (n) housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
  • (n) (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted
  • (n) an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension
  • (n) a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope
  • (n) a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
  • (n) an obstruction in a pipe or tube
  • (n) a platform from which an auctioneer sells
  • (n) the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
  • (v) render unsuitable for passage
  • (v) hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  • (v) stop from happening or developing
  • (v) interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
  • (v) run on a block system
  • (v) interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
  • (v) shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
  • (v) stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
  • (v) obstruct
  • (v) block passage through
  • (v) support, secure, or raise with a block
  • (v) impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
  • (v) be unable to remember
  • (v) shape by using a block
  • (v) shape into a block or blocks
  • (v) prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

bloc Meaning(s)

  • (n) a group of countries in special alliance

block in News

  1. H&R Block Profit Misses Estimates Amid Tax-Filing Delays

    H&R Block Inc. (HRB) , the largest U.S. tax preparer, fell the most since April after posting a fiscal fourth-quarter profit that missed analysts’ estimates amid tax-law changes and filing delays.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  2. Block on Princeton Avenue closed to traffic June 14

    The block of Princeton Avenue will be closed June 14, according to a release. Construction crews will be setting up equipment to assist with construction activities that will close the 300 block of Princeton Avenue at University Avenue, according to the release. Officials say the block is expected to be closed between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed through the closure ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WISC-TV Madison

  3. H&R Block 4Q profit rises, but misses Street view

    H&R Block Inc. said last-minute changes to tax laws, a delayed start to the filing season and new fraud controls created hurdles for the company in this year's tax season. The tax preparation company was ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

bloc in News

  1. EU states in deal on market rules - EU official

    LONDON (Reuters) - European Union states struck a deal on Thursday to overhaul the bloc's stock, bond, derivatives and commodities markets, an EU official said, ending a near two-year deadlock. Ambassadors ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Bloc Party to Take Another Extended Break

    Photo by Emma Svensson Bloc Party will be going on an extended break once their Four cycle wraps up in July, the National Post reports ( via the Guardian ). Guitarist Russell Lissack told the Post that the band would take off "At least six months, maybe a year maybe two years, it’s hard to say." He added, "Once we start taking time off, people start doing their own thing. So once people start ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Pitchfork

  3. EU says wants WTO ruling versus Chinese steel duties

    PARIS (Reuters) - The European Commission will lodge a complaint with the World Trade Organization against Chinese duties on steel tubes used in power plants, the bloc's industry commissioner Antonio Tajani said on Wednesday. Tajani's comments come after EU sources told Reuters on Tuesday the bloc's executive body would seek to overturn duties on exports to China of seamless stainless steel ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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