2008年9月24日 星期三

daffodils, blow (DESTROY), coming-out party

SAN FRANCISCO — When executives from Google and T-Mobile converge on a stage in New York Tuesday to unveil the first mobile phone powered by Google’s software, the event will be a coming-out party of sorts for another, far more obscure, but no less ambitious company — HTC.







Beijing's weather bureau has bought an IBM supercomputer to help forecast rain and pollution ahead of next year's Olympics, another sign of China's elaborate preparations for an event seen as the nation's coming out party.

BM超級電腦將助力北京奧運會天氣預報
北京市氣象局從IBM購買了一台超級電腦﹐幫助預測明年奧運會期間
的降雨和污染情況。這是中國為首次舉辦如此盛大的國際賽事所作的又一精心準備。



紐約時報

blow (DESTROY) Show phonetics
verb blew, blown
1 [T] to cause something to be destroyed by a bomb, technical failure, etc:
His car had been blown to pieces.

2 [I or T] If an electrical fuse (= short thin piece of wire) blows, or if something electrical blows a fuse, the device it is fitted to stops working because it is receiving too much electricity.

3 [I] INFORMAL If a tyre blows, it suddenly gets a hole in it and goes flat.

4 [T] INFORMAL to spend a large amount of money, especially on things that are not really necessary:
When I first got paid I blew it all on a night out.


come out
(old-fashioned) if a young woman comes out, she starts going to parties and social events of upper-class society
Helena was married just eight months after she came out.

coming-out
noun
OLD-FASHIONED

Penelope's parents decided to hold a party to celebrate their daughter's coming out.
She met her future husband at a coming-out dance. [used as adj]


to leave a room, building, or covered place

You're not allowed in there. Come out immediately!
The train began to pick up speed as it came out of the tunnel. [often + of]

to go somewhere with someone for a social event

I can't come out tonight because I've still got work to do.
Do you want to come out for a drink sometime?

if dirt or colour comes out of something, especially clothing or cloth, it disappears or becomes less strong after being in water

Do you think this red wine stain will come out of the carpet?
I've used a chestnut colour in my hair, which should come out after about six washes.

if someone who has been in prison or hospital comes out, they leave

He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He'll be an old man when he comes out.
My mother's coming out of hospital tomorrow.

if something that is published [e.g. book, newspaper], a musical recording [e.g. single, album], or a film comes out, it becomes available for people to buy or see it

He bought REM's new album on the day it came out.
The dictionary has just come out on CD-ROM.

if the truth about something comes out, it becomes known publicly after it has been kept secret

She is confident that the truth will come out during the trial.
During our conversation, it came out that he was not as rich as we had thought.

if you describe how something or someone comes out at the end of a process or activity, you describe what condition they are in or what they have achieved

How did your chocolate cake come out?
Gina's sketch of the house came out really well.
We came out much better than the other companies in the report. (= the report said we were better)

if results or information come out, they are given to people

When are your exam results coming out?
Next month's sales figures are due to come out on April 4th.

if a characteristic of a thing or a person comes out during an activity or a process, you realise that it exists

Once the project was underway, problems with the software began to come out.
I had always thought of Tom as a calm person, but his bad temper came out when we started working together.

if the sun, the moon, or a star comes out, it appears in the sky

The sun came out in the afternoon.

if flowers or plants come out, the flowers grow and open

It was late March, and the daffodils in my garden were beginning to come out.


Did you know the daffodil is the birth flower for March? We love these yellow and white daffodil illustrations by Edouard Maubert – also perfect for marking ‪#‎StDavidsDay‬!
(Image © Florilegius / the British Library Board)






if a photograph or an image in a photograph comes out, the picture can be seen clearly

My photos of the party didn't come out because the room was too dark.
Alice's red dress comes out really well in this photo.

if something you say comes out in a particular way, you say it in that way

I didn't mean to insult you - it just came out like that.
When I tried to tell her I loved her it just came out all wrong.

to state publicly that you support or oppose an issue

The opposition came out strongly in favour of capital punishment.
The committee came out against any change to the rules.

to tell people that you are homosexual

He joined the Gay Society after he came out.
Louise still hasn't come out to her parents. [sometimes + to]

(British) if workers come out, they stop working because of a disagreement with their employers

300 factory workers have come out to protest over planned job losses.
The union has threatened that postal workers will come out on strike unless an agreement is reached.



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