2012年4月16日 星期一

crunch time, ding, dinge,overtone

It's Crunch Time for Nokia
Nokia is widely expected to unveil the first of its Windows smartphones at a London conference this week, but the company will have to roll it out quickly to avoid missing the holiday selling season.


Berlin Philharmonic on discovery tour

Mongolian overtone singing and litanies by Tibetan monks have been filling
the Berlin Philharmonic's Kammermusiksaal - with the ultimate aim of
creating an intercultural chamber orchestra.


crunch time

A period when pressure to succeed is great, often toward the end of an undertaking. For example, It's crunch time--we only have two more days to finish. This term employs crunch in the sense of "a critical situation or test." [Slang; 1970s]

ding,
(dĭng) pronunciation

v., dinged, ding·ing, dings. v.intr.
  1. To ring; clang.
  2. To speak persistently and repetitiously.
v.tr.
  1. To cause to clang, as by striking.
  2. To instill with constant repetition: dinged advice into my head.
n.
A ringing sound.

[Partly imitative and partly alteration of DIN.]

ding2 (dĭng) pronunciation
n. Informal
A small dent or nick, as in the body of a car.

tr.v., dinged, ding·ing, dings.
  1. To dent or nick.
  2. To hit or strike: was dinged on the head by a ball.
  3. Slang. To shoot, especially with a gun.
[From ding, to strike, beat on, pound (from Middle English dingen, akin to Old Norse dengja) and from DING1.]

dinge
noun
(dĭnj) pronunciation
n.
Grime or squalor; dinginess.

[Back-formation from DINGY1.]




noun, US, derog

A black person. Also as adjective, esp. with reference to a jazz style developed by black musicians. Also dingy. (1848 —) .
E. Hemingway That big dinge took him by surprise...the big black bastard (1933);
V. Bellerby The 'dinge' piano trill...instinctively holding the rich overtones of Negro speech (1958).

[Back-formation from dingy adjective.]

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