In Era of Blog Sniping, Companies Shoot First
SAN FRANCISCO — During past downturns, layoffs were mostly a private affair. Big companies tended to issue vague press releases filled with jargon about “downsizing,” and start-ups often gave people the pink slip without telling the world anything at all.
WordNet: twitterNote: click on a word meaning below to see its connections and related words.
The noun has one meaning:
Meaning #1: a series of chirps
The verb twitter has one meaning:
Meaning #1: make high-pitched sounds, as of birds
中文（繁體） (Chinese (Traditional))
v. intr. - 吱吱叫, 啁啾, 格格地笑, 唧唧喳喳地講話, 顫抖
v. tr. - 嘁嘁喳喳地講, 抖動
n. - 鳥鳴聲, 慌張, 喋喋不休
v. - さえずる, ぺらぺらしゃべる
n. - さえずり, そわそわ
- pl. snipe or snipes.
- Any of various long-billed shore birds of the genus Gallinago or Capella, related to the woodcocks and sandpipers, especially the common, widely distributed species G. gallinago or C. gallinago.
- Any of various similar or related birds.
- A shot, especially a gunshot, from a concealed place.
- To shoot at individuals from a concealed place.
- To shoot snipe.
- To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.
[Middle English, probably from Old Norse -snīpa (as in m[ymacr]risnīpa, marsh snipe).]