2016年4月8日 星期五

measured, effusive, multifarious, wont, in large measure

Sorry, Boys, This Is Our Domain
Research shows that the cyberpioneers of the moment are digitally effusive teenage girls.

We tend to think of Drucker as forever old, a gnomic and mysterious elder. At least I always did. His speech, always slow and measured, was forever accented in that commanding Viennese. His wisdom could not have come from anyone who was young. So it's easy to forget his dashing youth, his long devotion to one woman and their four children (until the end, Drucker still greeted his wife of 71 years with an effusive "Hello, my darling!"), or even his deliciously self-deprecating sense of play.

展「莊喆回顧展→鴻濛與酣暢」(Effusive Vitality: CHUANG CHE Retrospective Exhibition ),既是莊喆個人的創作歷程,也是全面研究其藝術思想與作品的重要展覽。莊喆執著自由澎湃的繪畫與書寫文字,從六○年代發展至今,從台灣走向國際,伴隨現代美術運動的各個階段歷程。本次展覽之繪畫展品包括:油畫、壓克力彩、雕塑,從數百件作品之中精選出百餘件作品,展品從六○年代初跨越至今,完整呈現其藝術風貌。

multifarious, wont, in large measure

Celebrate by reading E.L. Doctorow's essay on ‘As I Lay Dying’: “It is possible that the way writers live can find its equivalent in their sense of composition, as if the technical daring of Faulkner’s greatest work has behind it the overreaching desire to hold together in one place the multifarious energies of real, unstoried life.”

“The possibility of improving the economy of steel to the consumer is therefore largely a matter of improving its uniformity of quality, of fitting steels better for each of the multifarious uses rather than of any direct lessening of its cost of production.” John Johnston, Director of Research, United States Steel Corporation

“Thus in many directions the engineer of the future, in my judgment, must of necessity deal with a much more certain and more intimate knowledge of the materials with which he works than we have been wont to deal with in the past. As a result of this more intimate knowledge his structures will be more refined and his factors of safety in many directions are bound to be less because the old elements of uncertainty will have in large measure disappeared.” Frank B. Jewett, President, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc.


Syllabification: wont
Pronunciation: /wônt, wōnt/


[predic.] • literary
  • (Of a person) in the habit of doing something; accustomed: he was wont to arise at 5:30 every morning

    • And if practicality is your wont rather than sentimentality, you should still go.
    • Tom Wood ruled the vast Citadel Theatre Shoctor Stage as he is wont.
    • Anthony loved it but, as customers are wont to do, he insisted I name the drink.


(one's wont) • formal or • humorous 
  • One’s customary behavior in a particular situation: Constance, as was her wont, had paid her little attention


(3rd singular present wonts or wont; past and past participle wont or wonted) • archaic
  • Make or be or become accustomed: [with object]: wont thy heart to thoughts hereof [no object, with infinitive]: sons wont to nurse their parents in old age


Old English gewunod, past participle of wunian, 'dwell, be accustomed' of Germanic origin.


Syllabification: mul·ti·far·i·ous
Pronunciation: /ˌməlt(ə)ˈfe(ə)rēəs/


  • Many and of various types: multifarious activities

  • 1.1 Having many varied parts or aspects: a vast multifarious organization

    • One must be aware of the fact that Egyptian political culture is multifarious, and given the brevity of this paper it would be illogical to attempt to fully examine every part of society.
    • Two years ago there was no doubt about who was number one in the Indian satellite market; today, that same pioneer is number three, even as the company's empire has become huge and multifarious.
    • The multifarious diversity so characteristic of Prague court patronage helps to explain the almost contradictory and very varied nature of the art produced by the School of Prague.






late 16th century: from Latin multifarius + -ous.


Syllabification: meas·ure
Pronunciation: /ˈmeZHər/


[with object]
  • 1Ascertain the size, amount, or degree of (something) by using an instrument or device marked in standard units or by comparing it with an object of known size: the amount of water collected is measured in pints they will measure up the room and install the cabinets

  • 1.1Be of (a specified size or degree): the fabric measures 45 inches wide

  • 1.2Ascertain the size and proportions of (someone) in order to make or provide clothes for them: he will be measured for his tuxedo next week

  • 1.3 (measure something out) Take an exact quantity or fixed amount of something: she helped to measure out the ingredients

  • 1.4Estimate or assess the extent, quality, value, or effect of (something): it is hard to measure teaching ability

  • 1.5 (measure someone/something against) Judge someone or something by comparison with (a certain standard): she did not need to measure herself against some ideal

  • 1.6 [no object] (measure up) Reach the required or expected standard; fulfill expectations: I’m afraid we didn’t measure up to the standards they set

  • 1.7Scrutinize (someone) keenly in order to form an assessment of them: the two shook hands and silently measured each other up

  • 2Consider (one’s words or actions) carefully: I had better measure my words so as not to embarrass anyone

  • 3 • archaic Travel over (a certain distance or area): we must measure twenty miles today


    2A standard unit used to express the size, amount, or degree of something: a furlong is an obsolete measure of length tables of weights and measures 1A plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose: cost-cutting measures children were evacuated as a precautionary measure

  • 1.1A legislative bill: the Senate passed the measure by a 48-30 vote

  • 1.2 • archaic Punishment or retribution imposed or inflicted on someone: her husband had dealt out hard measure to her

  • 2.1A system or scale of standard measuring units: the original dimensions were in imperial measure

  • 2.2A container of standard capacity used for taking fixed amounts of a substance.
  • 2.3A particular amount of something: a measure of egg white as a binding agent

  • 2.4A standard official amount of an alcoholic drink as served in a licensed establishment.

  • 2.5A graduated rod or tape used for ascertaining the size of something.
  • 2.6 Printing The width of a full line of type or print, typically expressed in picas.
  • 2.7 Mathematics A quantity contained in another an exact number of times; a divisor.
  • 3A certain quantity or degree of something: the states retain a large measure of independence

    • This they did with a fair measure of success from the 1940s through to the 1970s.
    • Well, if we're all still speaking at the end and the PIC site is being accessed and used, we have a good measure of success.
    • There was more than one instance where claws sunk into soft tissue and offered them a small measure of success.
  • 3.1An indication or means of assessing the degree, extent, or quality of something: it was a measure of the team’s problems that they were still working after 2 a.m.

  • 4The rhythm of a piece of poetry or a piece of music.

  • 4.1A particular metrical unit or group: measures of two or three syllables are more frequent in English prose
  • 4.2North American Any of the sections, typically of equal time value, into which a musical composition is divided, shown on a score by vertical lines across the staff; bar.

  • 4.3 • archaic A dance, typically one that is grave or stately: now tread we a measure!

  • 5 (measures) [with modifier] A group of rock strata.


beyond measure

To a very great extent: it irritates him beyond measure

for good measure

In addition to what has already been done, said, or given: he added a couple of chili peppers for good measure

take (or get or have) the measure of

Assess or have assessed the character, nature, or abilities of (someone or something): he’s got her measure—she won’t fool him
in —— measure

To the degree specified: his rapid promotion was due in some measure to his friendship with the CEO Origin

Middle English (as a noun in the senses 'moderation', 'instrument for measuring', 'unit of capacity'): from Old French mesure, from Latin mensura, from mens- 'measured', from the verb m

adjective FORMAL ━━ a. あふれる(ばかりの), (感情を)くどくどと表す.
expressing welcome, approval or pleasure in a way that shows very strong feeling:
They gave us such an effusive welcome it was quite embarrassing.

adverb FORMAL