All too human
Opinion: Iran's mullahs have overstepped the mark
The protests in Iran over the presidential election show no sign of abating. There are reports that people have been killed and pro-reformists arrested. DW's Sybille Golte says the situation is almost out of control.
Opposition politicians have suggested that Japan has refueled American vessels that were involved, not in Afghanistan, but in Iraq. In addition, they have said that Japan’s air force — which has been transporting American troops between Kuwait and Baghdad — has clearly overstepped its stated mission of engaging in humanitarian activities.
---Japanese Premier, Losing Support, Resigns
Boeing plans to protest the Air Force's decision to award a $40 billion contract for aerial refueling tankers to a team comprised of Northrop and the parent company of rival Airbus.
aerial refueling tankers 空中加油機
tanker Show phonetics
a ship or vehicle which is built to carry liquid or gas:
an oil tankeroil tanker noun [C]
a ship which carries a large amount of oil
aerial (AIR) Show phonetics
in or from the air, especially from an aircraft:
Meanwhile, the massive aerial bombardment/bombing of military targets continued unabated.
aerial photographyrefuel Show phonetics
verb [I or T]
to put more fuel into an aircraft, ship, etc. so that it can continue its journey
refuelling Show phonetics
noun [U]vehicle (MACHINE) Show phonetics
noun [C] FORMAL
a machine usually with wheels and an engine, which is used for transporting people or goods on land, particularly on roads:
A truck driver died last night when his vehicle overturned.
Road vehicles include cars, buses and trucks.
Tractors are farm vehicles.
The number of thefts of motor vehicles rose by a third last year.
vehicular Show phonetics
The cottage has no vehicular access but can be reached by a short walk across the moor.
overstep Show phonetics
verb [T] -pp-
to go beyond what is considered acceptable or correct:
The bad language in that play overstepped the limits/boundaries of what ought to be allowed on television.
I think you're overstepping your authority.
A second case the court will hear later this year tests the reach of federal power to block a state policy social conservatives oppose: physician-assisted suicide. To stymie Oregon's voter-approved Death With Dignity Act, the Bush administration warned that doctors who prescribe drugs to terminally ill patients seeking to end their lives might face prosecution under the federal Controlled Substances Act. The Ninth Circuit in San Francisco ruled that would overstep federal authority, prompting the Bush administration's appeal to the Supreme Court. In a dissent this past term, Justice O'Connor backed the rights of states to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and her logic there parallels Oregon's position in the assisted-suicide case.
v., a·bat·ed, a·bat·ing, a·bates.
To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen. See synonyms at decrease.
To deduct from an amount; subtract.
To put an end to.
To make void.v.intr.
To fall off in degree or intensity; subside.
Law. To become void.
[Middle English abaten, from Old French abattre, to beat down : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad–) + batre, to beat; see batter1.]