2005年12月15日


reservoir
n.水库(蓄水器,储器)
vt.储藏(蓄积)
英汉电信大词典
reservoir
n.储存器,油箱

reservoir
[5rezEvwB:]
n.
水库; 蓄水池; 贮液器[囊]; 储蓄器; 贮存器; 油箱[筒]
[喻](知识、精力等的)贮藏; 蓄积
贮藏所; (寄生物或细菌的)贮主
大量供应

canal
[ kE5nAl ]
n.运河, 小道, 导管, 槽, 沟渠
vt.开运河

carriage
滑架;托架(电传打字机的),小车
英汉计算机大词典
carriage
n.车(支架,滑架
英汉广播大词典
carriage
n.架,小车,支撑架
英汉电信大词典
carriage
n.架,小车

2005年02月21日

blur  弄脏
The boy blurred the picture by touching it before the paint was dry.
那男孩在颜料未干前用手碰,弄脏了画。

demolish  破坏
The slums were demolished before the town was extended.
此镇在扩展前,先扫除了贫民窟。
slum
n.贫民窟
vi.访问贫民区

lull  使人睡;使安静
The mother lulled the baby to sleep by singing a song.
母亲唱歌使婴儿入睡。

The Word of the Day for February 20 is:

aleatory   \AY-lee-uh-tor-ee\   adjective
     1 : depending on an uncertain event or contingency
     2 : relating to luck and especially to bad luck
    *3 : characterized by chance or random elements

Example sentence:
     The aleatory nature of a lottery drawing makes it
impossible to predict who is going to be the winner.

Did you know?
      If you’re the gambling type, then chances are good you’ve
come across “aleatory” in your travels. Deriving from the Latin
noun “alea,” which refers to a kind of dice game, “aleatory”
was first used in English in the late 17th century to describe
things that are dependent on uncertain odds, much like a roll
of the dice. The term now describes things that occur by sheer
chance or accident, such as the unlucky bounce of a golf shot
or the unusual shape of an ink blot. Going a bit further, the
term “aleatory music,” or “chance music,” describes a musical
composition in which certain parts are left for the performer
to concoct through improvisation.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.


The Word of the Day for February 19 is:


motley
• \MAHT-lee\ Audio iconadjective



*1 : variegated in color


2 : composed of diverse often incongruous elements

Example sentence:

Lenny went to the medieval festival dressed in the bright motley garb of a court jester.

Did you know?

“Motley” made its debut as an English adjective in the 14th century,
but etymologists aren’t completely sure where it came from. Many think
it probably derived from the Middle English “mot,” meaning “mote” or
“speck.” The word is also used as a noun identifying a multicolored
fabric, a garment made from such a fabric, or—perhaps the best known
sense of all—the fool who often wore such outfits in the European
courts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.



2005年02月18日

bigwig
n.<口>要人, 有重大影响的人

provocative
adj.煽动的
n.刺激物

spar
n.晶石, 园材(如桅,桁等), 争论, 争吵

gadfly
n.牛蝇, 形似苍蝇, 讨厌的人

tackle
n.工具, 复滑车, 滑车, 辘轱, 用具, 装备, 扭倒
vt.固定, 应付(难事等), 处理, 解决, 抓住
vi.捉住, 扭住, 扭倒

quip
[kwIp]
n.讽刺,妙语,双关语
v.说讽刺的话, 嘲弄, 说托辞

turn down
v.(被)向下折转, 拒绝

litigation
n.诉讼, 起诉

sweeping everything under carpets

reticence
[retIsEns]
n.沉默寡言

pragmatic
adj.国事的, 团体事务的, 实际的, 注重实效的

notion
n.概念, 观念, 想法, 意见, 打算, 主张, (复数)<美语>小饰物

disciplined
[`dIsIplInd]
n.受过训练的,遵守纪律的

buoy
n.(湖, 河等中的)浮标, 浮筒, 救生圈
vt.使浮起, 支撑, 鼓励

stealth
n.秘密行动

cap
n.帽子, 军帽, (瓶)帽, (笔)帽
vt.戴帽子, 盖在…顶上

disaggregate
v.使崩溃,分解,聚集

mystic
[mIstIk]
adj.神秘的, 神秘主义的
n.神秘家, 神秘主义的鼓吹者

boast
n.自夸, 值得夸耀的事物
v.自夸, 以有…而自豪

scamp
[skAmp]
n.流氓
vt.草率地做

provincial
adj.省的

flurry
n.阵风, 小雪, 小雨, 飓风, 慌张
vt.使恐慌, 使狼狈
vi.激动, 慌张

consensus
n.一致同意, 多数人的意见, 舆论

perturbation
n.动摇, 混乱

insatiable
adj.不知足的, 贪求无厌的

rally
[rAlI]
v.重整旗鼓, 给予新力量, (使)恢复健康, 力量, 决心, 集结
n.集会

rack
[rAk]
n.架, 行李架, 拷问台, 小步跑, 烧酒, 破坏
vt.放在架上, 在架上制作, 折磨, 加以拷问, 使痛苦, 榨取
vi.在饲草架装满干草, 变形, (云)随风飘, (马)小步跑

inertia
n.惯性, 惯量

It “might interrogate” the chairman of United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) over alleged charges.

alleged
adj.声称的, 所谓的

interrogate
vt.审问, 询问
v.审问

The top executive of Hejian has been detained over the flap.