2008年2月4日 星期一

characterize, graceful

Though the outbreak seemed small, the investigation took on urgency because the disease was serious, and health officials worried that it might indicate a new risk to other workers in meatpacking.
“It is important to characterize this because it appears to be a new syndrome, and we don’t truly know how many people may be affected throughout the U.S. or even the world,” said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, a veterinarian from the disease centers.

grace・ful・ly ad. 優美に, 潔く; 礼儀正しく.
grace・ful・ness n. 優美, しとやかさ.

graceful degradation 【コンピュータ】段階的異常停止.

GRACEFUL EXIT 年老不靠人為作法勉強維持生命 希望有尊嚴地過世

Personal Health
A Heartfelt Appeal for a Graceful Exit
By JANE E. BRODY
Modern medicine can keep people alive into their 9th and 10th decades, but a growing number of these people are asking why.

graceful Show phonetics
adjective
1 moving in a smooth, relaxed, attractive way, or having a smooth, attractive shape:
graceful movementsa graceful neck
2 behaving in a polite and pleasant way:
She finally apologized, but she wasn't very graceful.

char・ac・ter・ize


--> ━━ vt. 性格づける; …の性格描写をする; 特徴を表す[描写する]; 特色づける.
character




character (QUALITY) Noun
1 [C or U] the particular combination of qualities in a person or place that makes them different from others:
Politeness is traditionally part of the British character.
It would be very out of character (= not typical) of her to lie.
One of the joys of being a parent is watching the child's character develop.
The idea was to modernize various aspects of the house without changing its essential character.
It's not in his character to be (= he is not usually) jealous.

2 [U] qualities which are interesting and unusual:
a hotel of character
I'd prefer an old place with a bit of character.
Old books are said to give a room character.
As people grow older, their faces acquire more character.

3 [U] the quality of being determined and able to deal with difficult situations:
She has such strength of character.

characteristic 
adjective
typical of a person or thing:
With the hospitality so characteristic of these people, they opened their house to over fifty guests.
She behaved with characteristic dignity.
The creamy richness is characteristic of the cheese from this region.

characteristic 
noun [C]
a typical or noticeable quality of someone or something:
Unfortunately a big nose is a family characteristic.
Sentimentality seems a characteristic of all the writers of that period.
The male bird displays (= has) several characteristics which distinguish him from the female.

characteristically 
adverb
She gave a characteristically skilful performance.

characterize, UK USUALLY characterise
verb [T]
1 Something which characterizes another thing is typical of it:
Bright colours and bold strokes characterize his early paintings.

2 to describe something by stating its main qualities:
In her essay, she characterizes the whole era as a period of radical change.

characterization, UK USUALLY characterisation 
noun [C]

characterless
adjective
describes something or someone who lacks interest or style and does not possess any unusual qualities:
It's just one of those characterless modern cities.
a perfect but characterless face


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