- a group of persons, businesses, etc., united for a particular purpose.
- a group of legislators, usually of both major political parties, who vote together for some particular interest: the farm bloc.
- a group of nations that share common interests and usually act in concert in international affairs: the Soviet bloc.
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Examples from the Web for bloc
Two years later, he had released all Soviet dissidents from prison and was beginning to loosen the reins on Soviet bloc countries.How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Radicalized Putin
November 9, 2014
Bloc voting for allies, and totally blanking your political foes, became the norm.Why Russia Hates The Bearded Lady: The Hairy Politics of Eurovision
May 13, 2014
If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.Exclusive: Kerry Warns Israel Could Become ‘An Apartheid State’
April 27, 2014
But did The Hague just witness the emergence of a new bloc to bloc rivalry, triggered by events in the Ukraine?The West Can Ally Against Russia But It Needs Global Cooperation
March 26, 2014
In 1945, the place housed captured Nazis but by 1948 most of its prisoners were Soviet bloc spies.What Cold War CIA Interrogators Learned from the Nazis
February 11, 2014
They relate to potential exports from other countries to the Soviet bloc.
Only $98 of the total went to Communist China, all the rest to the European bloc.
This Bloc consisted of various parties of the Russian bourgeoisie.Our Revolution
That is what the group or bloc system is, a resolution into component parts.Behind the Mirrors
Clinton W. Gilbert
But the whole are really a bloc, the continental sense of which is rather different from our "block."A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
- a group of people or countries combined by a common interest or aimthe Soviet bloc
Word Origin and History for bloc
1903, in reference to alliances in Continental politics, from French bloc "group, block," from Old French bloc "piece of wood" (see block (n.)).