2016年6月25日 星期六

subside, unrest , step sth up, Symbolic Dates Have China on Edge

Beijing is subsiding at an alarming rate: 11cm a year.


Symbolic Dates Have China on Edge
Anniversaries of the Tibetan uprising and the Tiananmen Square crackdown are seen as possible triggers for unrest.



Tibetans Step Up Protests in China

Antigovernment protests by Tibetans spread from Lhasa to other parts of western China. The unrest, which poses a serious challenge to China ahead of the Olympics, appears unlikely to subside soon. The Dalai Lama said he feels helpless to stop bloodshed from anti-China protests.


symbol Show phonetics
noun [C]
1 a sign, shape or object which is used to represent something else:
A heart shape is the symbol of love.
The wheel in the Indian flag is a symbol of peace.
Compare emblem.

2 something that is used to represent a quality or idea:
Water, a symbol of life, recurs as an image throughout her poems.

3 a number, letter or sign used in mathematics, music, science, etc:
The symbol for oxygen is O2.

4 An object can be described as a symbol of something else if it seems to represent it because it is connected with it in a lot of people's minds:
The private jet is a symbol of wealth.

symbolic Show phonetics
adjective (ALSO symbolical)
1 representing something else:
The skull at the bottom of the picture is symbolic of death.

2 describes an action that expresses or seems to express an intention or feeling, but which has little practical influence on a situation:
Five hundred troops were sent in, more as a symbolic gesture than as a real threat.
〔特派記者鄒景雯/達蘭薩拉九日報導〕西藏抗暴五十週年紀念,精神領袖達賴喇嘛接受台灣媒體訪問時指出,他非常樂意訪問台灣,這具有「漢藏大團結」的象徵意義,如果第三次去訪,他將以人類的、宗教的這兩大使命為出發,與台灣的人民和信徒對話。 達賴說,他從來沒有忘記 ...


step sth up phrasal verb [M]
to increase the size, amount or speed of a process that is intended to achieve something:
The police are stepping up their efforts to fight crime.
Following the bomb explosion, security has been stepped up at the airport.
unrest Show phonetics
noun [U]
disagreements or fighting between different groups of people:
It is feared that the civil unrest we are now witnessing in this country could lead to full-scale civil war.
subside
verb [I]
1 If a condition subsides, it becomes less strong or extreme:
The police are hoping that the violence will soon subside.
As the pain in my foot subsided, I was able to walk the short distance to the car.

2 If a building, land or water subsides, it goes down to a lower level:
There is a danger that many homes will subside because of the drought.
Eventually the flood waters began to subside.

subsidence
noun [U]
when land or buildings sink to a lower level:
The building had to be demolished because of subsidence.

subside 

Pronunciation: /səbˈsʌɪd/ 

VERB

[NO OBJECT]
1Become less intense, violent, or severe:I’ll wait a few minutes until the storm subsides
1.1Lapse into silence or inactivity:Fergus opened his mouth to protest again, then subsided
1.2(subside in/into) Give way to (an overwhelming feeling, especially laughter):Anthony and Mark subsided into mirth
2(Of water) go down to a lower or the normal level:the floods subside almost as quickly as they arise
2.1(Of the ground) cave in; sink:the island is subsiding
2.2(Of a building or other structure) sink lower into the ground:a ditch which caused the tower to subside slightly
2.3(Of a swelling) reduce until gone:it took seven days for the swelling to subside completely
2.4[NO OBJECT, WITH ADVERBIAL] Sink into a sitting, kneeling, or lying position:Patrick subsided into his seat

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin subsidere, from sub- 'below' + sidere 'settle' (related to sedere'sit').

on edge
nervous and not relaxed:
Is something wrong? You seem a bit on edge this morning.


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