2013年6月17日 星期一

style, self-styled , a follow-up to


California Wines Score Style Points
A new wave of energetic winemakers has pushed boundaries while bringing more attention to older producers who had been considered behind the times.



The question: What is Watson?
I.B.M.’s groundbreaking question-answering system, running on roughly 2,500 parallel processor cores, each able to perform up to 33 billion operations a second, is playing a pair of “Jeopardy!” matches against the show’s top two living players, to be aired on Feb. 14, 15 and 16. Watson is I.B.M.’s latest self-styled Grand Challenge, a follow-up to the 1997 defeat by its computer Deep Blue of Garry Kasparov, the world’s reigning chess champion. (It’s remarkable how much of the digital revolution has been driven by games and entertainment.) Yes, the match is a grandstanding stunt, baldly calculated to capture the public’s imagination. But barring any humiliating stumble by the machine on national television, it should.

self-styled
(sĕlf'stīld')
adj.
As characterized by oneself, often without right or justification: "poets, real or self-styled" (Constantine Fitzgibbon). See Usage Note at so-called.



Definition of style

noun

  • 1a particular procedure by which something is done; a manner or way:different styles of management
  • a way of painting, writing, composing, building, etc., characteristic of a particular period, place, person, or movement: the concerto is composed in a neoclassical style a striking feature of Swift’s style is his use of conjunctions
  • a way of using language:he never wrote in a journalistic style [mass noun]:students should pay attention to style and idiom
  • [usually with negative] (one's style) one’s usual way of behaving or approaching situations:backing out isn’t my style
  • an official or legal title:the partnership traded under the style of Storr and Mortimer
  • 2a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed:the pillars are no exception to the general style
  • a particular design of clothing: his shoes were in a style that he could wear anywhere
  • a way of arranging the hair: for a glamorous style, hair was brushed out after setting
  • 3 [mass noun] elegance and sophistication:a sophisticated nightspot with style and taste
  • 4 Botany (in a flower) a narrow, typically elongated extension of the ovary, bearing the stigma.
  • 5 Zoology (in an invertebrate) a small, slender pointed appendage; a stylet.

verb

[with object]
  • 1design or make in a particular form:the yacht is well proportioned and conservatively styled
  • arrange (hair) in a particular way:he styled her hair by twisting it up to give it body
  • 2 [with object and complement] designate with a particular name, description, or title:the official is styled principal and vice chancellor of the university

Phrases

in style (or in grand style)

in an impressive, grand, or luxurious way: the opera company’s soloists will help launch the appeal in style

Derivatives

styleless

adjective

stylelessness

noun

styler

noun

Origin:

Middle English (denoting a stylus, also a literary composition, an official title, or a characteristic manner of literary expression): from Old French stile, from Latin stilus. The verb dates (first in sense 2 of the verb) from the early 16th century

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