Beijing's weather bureau has bought an IBM supercomputer to help forecast rain and pollution ahead of next year's Olympics, another sign of China's elaborate preparations for an event seen as the nation's coming out party.
blow (DESTROY) Show phonetics
verb blew, blown
1 [T] to cause something to be destroyed by a bomb, technical failure, etc:
His car had been blown to pieces.
2 [I or T] If an electrical fuse (= short thin piece of wire) blows, or if something electrical blows a fuse, the device it is fitted to stops working because it is receiving too much electricity.
3 [I] INFORMAL If a tyre blows, it suddenly gets a hole in it and goes flat.
4 [T] INFORMAL to spend a large amount of money, especially on things that are not really necessary:
When I first got paid I blew it all on a night out.
(old-fashioned) if a young woman comes out, she starts going to parties and social events of upper-class society
Helena was married just eight months after she came out.
Penelope's parents decided to hold a party to celebrate their daughter's coming out.
She met her future husband at a coming-out dance. [used as adj]
to leave a room, building, or covered place
You're not allowed in there. Come out immediately!
The train began to pick up speed as it came out of the tunnel. [often + of]
to go somewhere with someone for a social event
I can't come out tonight because I've still got work to do.
Do you want to come out for a drink sometime?
if dirt or colour comes out of something, especially clothing or cloth, it disappears or becomes less strong after being in water
Do you think this red wine stain will come out of the carpet?
I've used a chestnut colour in my hair, which should come out after about six washes.
if someone who has been in prison or hospital comes out, they leave
He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He'll be an old man when he comes out.
My mother's coming out of hospital tomorrow.
if something that is published [e.g. book, newspaper], a musical recording [e.g. single, album], or a film comes out, it becomes available for people to buy or see it
He bought REM's new album on the day it came out.
The dictionary has just come out on CD-ROM.
if the truth about something comes out, it becomes known publicly after it has been kept secret
She is confident that the truth will come out during the trial.
During our conversation, it came out that he was not as rich as we had thought.
if you describe how something or someone comes out at the end of a process or activity, you describe what condition they are in or what they have achieved
How did your chocolate cake come out?
Gina's sketch of the house came out really well.
We came out much better than the other companies in the report. (= the report said we were better)
if results or information come out, they are given to people
When are your exam results coming out?
Next month's sales figures are due to come out on April 4th.
if a characteristic of a thing or a person comes out during an activity or a process, you realise that it exists
Once the project was underway, problems with the software began to come out.
I had always thought of Tom as a calm person, but his bad temper came out when we started working together.
if the sun, the moon, or a star comes out, it appears in the sky
The sun came out in the afternoon.
if flowers or plants come out, the flowers grow and open
It was late March, and the daffodils in my garden were beginning to come out.
if a photograph or an image in a photograph comes out, the picture can be seen clearly
My photos of the party didn't come out because the room was too dark.
Alice's red dress comes out really well in this photo.
if something you say comes out in a particular way, you say it in that way
I didn't mean to insult you - it just came out like that.
When I tried to tell her I loved her it just came out all wrong.
to state publicly that you support or oppose an issue
The opposition came out strongly in favour of capital punishment.
The committee came out against any change to the rules.
to tell people that you are homosexual
He joined the Gay Society after he came out.
Louise still hasn't come out to her parents. [sometimes + to]
(British) if workers come out, they stop working because of a disagreement with their employers
300 factory workers have come out to protest over planned job losses.
The union has threatened that postal workers will come out on strike unless an agreement is reached.