But then a second problem arrives: “dwell time” at platforms. Even with a generous provision of doors, it takes longer to load and unload double-deck trains. In Brussels or Paris, the typical “headway” between trains of five or six minutes can tolerate this. But on the busiest lines to and from London, only three minutes is allowed between trains. Extend the dwell time, and capacity on the railways might actually fall.
'I'm not sure how I will vote. Sometimes I think Mrs Thatcher is a nice kind sort of woman. Then the next day I see her on television and she frightens me rigid. She has got eyes like a psychotic killer, but a voice like a gentle person. It is a bit confusing.'
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BlackBerry maker RIM and Palm are expected to post quarterly results that will likely show sales gains but little headway against rival Apple's iPhone.
A coming court ruling over the sharing of music files could set the bar higher for record labels to prove copyrights were violated.
A standard, expectation, or degree of requirement: a leader whose example set a high bar for others.c.f.
The high bar, also known as the horizontal bar, is an apparatus used in Artistic Gymnastics. It consists of a cylindrical metal (typically steel) bar that is rigidly held above and parallel to the floor by a system of cables and stiff vertical supports. It is only used by male gymnasts, who typically wear grips while performing on the bar.
- 《障害》(a) hindrance; an obstruction; an obstacle; an impediment; 《干渉》(a) disturbance; (an) interference.
- ・〜する disturb; hinder; interfere; obstruct.
- ・〜になる stand [get] in one's way.
- ・お〜いたしました Excuse me for disturbing [interrupting] you.
- 邪魔者 an obstacle; a nuisance; a burden.
- set in one's way
- Be inflexible, fixed in one's habits, as in She's too set in her ways to go out and buy a dog. This idiom uses set in the sense of "in a rigid position," a usage dating from about 1300.
in one's way
2. Also, put in one's way; put in the way of. Before one, within reach or experience, as in That venture put an unexpected sum of money in my way, or He promised to put her in the way of new business. [Late 1500s]
3. in someone's way Also, in the way. In a position to obstruct, hinder, or interfere with someone or something. For example, That truck is in our way, or You're standing in the way; please move to one side. [c. 1500]
Full Definition of RIGID
a : deficient in or devoid of flexibility <rigid price controls& rigid
a : inflexibly set in opinion
b : strictly observed
: firmly inflexible rather than lax or indulgent rigid
: precise and accurate in procedure <rigid control of the manufacturing process>
of an airship : having the outer shape maintained by a fixed framework
— rig·id·ly adverb
— rig·id·ness noun
Examples of RIGID
- The patient's legs were rigid.
- He is a rigid disciplinarian.