2009年7月3日 星期五

float, afloat, industrialisation, depletion

Drought is seriously affecting a number of provinces in northern and
central China. While lack of rain is to blame for the drought, rapid
industrialisation, pollution and the depletion of ground water reserves
are making conditions worse


Drug makers are continuing to raise prices for top-selling drugs to help keep revenues afloat before patents expire.

Start-Ups Look to Private Money for SupportMany venture-backed high-tech start-ups are being forced to raise more money privately to stay afloat as the IPO drought in Silicon Valley intensifies.


Aqua-Leisure Industries Recalls Inflatable Baby Floats Due to Drowning Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Inflatable Baby Floats
Units: About 4 Million
Manufacturer: Aqua-Leisure Industries, of Avon, Mass.
Hazard: The leg straps in the seat of the float can tear, causing children to unexpectedly fall into or under the water, posing a risk of drowning.
Incidents/Injuries: There have been 31 reports of float seats tearing, causing children to fall into or under the water. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled inflatable baby floats were sold in a variety of styles and colors. The names and model numbers are located on the packaging. A date between 08/02 and 07/08 is molded on the valves of recalled products. Products not included in the recall can be identified with the lettering �NP� molded on the valve. The following names and model numbers are included in this recall:
Note: by clicking on any of the images below, you can view a larger version.
Picture Name Model Numbers Description
Click For Larger Image Baby & Me Combo ET-9105 Yellow figure-8-shaped inflatable float with turquoise vinyl seat bucket and seat back, plastic ring-and-bar toy.




afloat
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adjective [after verb]
1 floating on water:
She spent seven days afloat on a raft.
He managed to keep/stay afloat by holding on to the side of the boat.

2 having enough money to pay what you owe:
Many small businesses are struggling to stay/keep afloat.
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noun [C or U]
a long period when there is little or no rain:
This year (a) severe drought has ruined the crops.


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verb [T]
to reduce something in size or amount, especially supplies of energy, money or similar:
If we continue to deplete the Earth's natural resources, we will cause serious damage to the environment.
The illness depletes the body of important vitamins.
HUMOROUS That last holiday has seriously depleted my bank account!

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adjective
reduced:
Measures have been taken to protect the world's depleted elephant population.
physically/emotionally depleted (= weakened)

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noun [S or U]
(a) reduction:
the depletion of the ozone layer
Increased expenditure has caused a depletion in our capital/funds.



float
n.
  1. Something that floats, as:
    1. A raft.
    2. A buoy.
    3. A life preserver.
    4. A buoyant object, such as a cork, used to hold a net or fishing line afloat.
    5. A landing platform attached to a wharf and floating on the water.
    6. A floating ball attached to a lever to regulate the water level in a tank.
  2. Biology. An air-filled sac or structure that aids in the flotation of an aquatic organism. Also called air bladder, air vesicle.
  3. A decorated exhibit or scene mounted on a mobile platform and pulled or driven in a parade.
  4. A sum of money representing checks that are outstanding.
  5. A tool for smoothing the surface of plaster or cement.
  6. A soft drink with ice cream floating in it. See Regional Note at milk shake.



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