2016年3月28日 星期一

compel, cancel, Cypriots, postage stamp-sized, enters power struggle




CNN International
South China Sea: Taiwan enters power struggle
Taiping island, South China Sea (CNN) Taiwanclaims to have continuously occupied this postage stamp-sized island in the azure waters of the South ...

EU Court Rules Cypriots Can Get Back Seized Land
In a move that could rattle peace talks, Europe's highest court ruled that judges in Cyprus can compel the return of land seized after the 1974 Turkish invasion.


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" ... contained divi- sions. Its great questions are still alive. The founding of Wundt's "experimental" laboratory at Leipzig in 1879 did not cancel those questions"




compel

verb [T] -ll-
1 to force someone to do something:
[+ to infinitive] As a school boy he was compelled to wear shorts even in winter.
FORMAL The new circumstances compelled a change in policy.
See also compulsion (FORCE).

2 FORMAL to produce a strong feeling or reaction, sometimes unwillingly:
Over the years her work has compelled universal admiration and trust.

compelled 
adjective [after verb]
[+ to infinitive] He felt compelled to (= He felt he had to) report the incident.

compelling
adjective
1 If a reason, argument, etc. is compelling, it makes you believe it or accept it because it is so strong:
compelling evidence
It's a fairly compelling argument for going.

2 very exciting and interesting and making you want to watch or listen:
I found the whole film very compelling.
a compelling story

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)


Spectrum | 25.12.2007 | 04:30

The Shutdown of a Canadian Nuclear Reactor Causes an International Crisis

Canada's Chalk River Nuclear Reactor

Canadian parliamentarians have passed emergency legislation to compel the managers of a nuclear reactor in Ontario to resume operations immediately. The 50-year-old reactor had been shut down for repairs. But the major problem was that as much as two thirds of the world's medical isotopes were produced there. And as Dan Karpenchuk reports, many hospitals in North America have had to delay, or cancel crucial medical tests for cardiovascular illnesses or cancer.



cancel Show phonetics
verb -ll- or US USUALLY -l-
1 [I or T] to decide that an organized event will not happen, or to stop an order for goods or services that you no longer want:
They've had to cancel tomorrow's football match because of the bad weather.
The 7.10 train to London has been cancelled.
to cancel a magazine subscription

2 [T] to mark a stamp to show that it has been used and cannot be used again

v., -celed also -celled, -cel·ing -cel·ling, -cels -cels. v.tr.
  1. To cross out with lines or other markings. See synonyms at erase.
  2. To annul or invalidate.
  3. To mark or perforate (a postage stamp or check, for example) to indicate that it may not be used again.
  4. To equalize or make up for; offset: Today's decline in stock price canceled out yesterday's gain.
  5. Mathematics.
    1. To remove (a common factor) from the numerator and denominator of a fractional expression.
    2. To remove (a common factor or term) from both sides of an equation or inequality.
  6. Printing. To omit or delete.
v.intr.
To neutralize one another; counterbalance: two opposing forces that canceled out.


cancellation Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
when someone decides that an organized event will not happen or stops an order for something:
Many trains are subject to cancellation because of the flooding.
The theatre tickets were sold out, so we waited to see if there were any cancellations (= unwanted returned tickets).

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