2016年5月11日 星期三

lick,siding,ululate, recuperate,ursine, lick into shape, lick of paint

....he that hope only to meet the competition is already licked.



ululate (UHL-uh-layt, YOOL-)

verb intr.: To howl or wail.

Etymology
From Latin ululare (to howl or shriek), of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1623.

Notes
Ululation with a distinctive trilling sound is performed in many cultures in celebration (video) and in mourning (video).

Usage
"Bells rang and the peasantry ululated their pleasure beneath battleship grey skies. Past imperious London buildings, the state coach clattered, followed by the Household Cavalry pompously bobbing. Kate practised waving, the one-word job description of monarchy." — Robert McNeil; Rousing Stuff; The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland); Apr 30, 2011.


2010年4月25日星期日 siding, ululate, lick,recuperate, restful sanctuaries
In Army’s Trauma Care Units, Feeling Warehoused

By JAMES DAO and DAN FROSCH
Warrior Transition Units were intended to be sheltering way stations where injured soldiers could recuperate. But the units are far from being restful sanctuaries.



The fire licked up toward the siding of the house, Anna began to hop on one foot and ululated.



siding,
n.
  1. Material, such as boards or shingles, used for surfacing the outside walls of a frame building.
  2. A short section of railroad track connected by switches with a main track.


lick  
v., licked, lick·ing, licks. v.tr.
  1. To pass the tongue over or along: lick a stamp.
  2. To lap up.
  3. To lap or flicker at like a tongue: The waves licked the sides of the boat.
  4. Slang. To punish with a beating; thrash.
  5. Slang. To get the better of; defeat: licked her weight problem.
v.intr.
To pass or lap quickly and rapidly: The flames licked at our feet.

n.
  1. The act or process of licking.
  2. An amount obtained by licking: a lick of ice cream.
  3. A small quantity; a bit: hasn't got a lick of common sense.
  4. A deposit of exposed natural salt that is licked by passing animals.
  5. A sudden hard stroke; a blow.
  6. An attempt; a try.
  7. Informal. Speed; pace: moving along at a good lick.
  8. Music. A phrase improvised by a soloist, especially on the guitar or banjo.
idioms:
lick and a promise
  1. A superficial effort made without care or enthusiasm.
lick into shape Informal.
  1. To bring into satisfactory condition or appearance.
 To transform a faulty object or venture into something that works effectively.



The first example I can find of the figurative use of the phrase is in Gilbert Burnet's An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England, 1699:
"Men did not know how to mould and frame it; but at last it was licked into shape."
'Lick into shape' sprang from the belief held in mediaeval Europe that bear cubs were born shapeless and had to be made into ursine form by their mother's licking.

informal A light coating or quick application of something, especially paint:she needed to give the kitchen a lick of paint

ursine

 
音節
ur • sine
発音
ə'ːrsain
[形]クマの[に関する];クマに似た.
lick (one's) chops
  1. To anticipate delightedly.
lick (one's) wounds
  1. To recuperate after a defeat.
lick (someone's) boots
  1. To behave in a servile or obsequious manner toward someone.
[Middle English licken, from Old English liccian.]
licker lick'er n.


ul·u·late
(ŭl'yə-lāt', yūl'-) pronunciation

intr.v., -lat·ed, -lat·ing, -lates.
To howl, wail, or lament loudly.

[Latin ululāre, ululāt-, ultimately of imitative origin.]
ululant ul'u·lant (-lənt) adj.
ululation ul'u·la'tion n.




re·cu·per·ate (rĭ-kū'pə-rāt', -kyū'-) pronunciation
v., -at·ed, -at·ing, -ates. v.intr.
  1. To return to health or strength; recover.
  2. To recover from financial loss.
v.tr.
  1. To restore to health or strength.
  2. To regain.
[Latin recuperāre, recuperāt- : re-, re- + capere, to take.]
recuperation re·cu'per·a'tion n.
recuperative re·cu'per·a'tive (-pə-rā'tĭv, -pər-ə-tĭv) or re·cu'per·a·to'ry (-pər-ə-tôr'ē, -tōr'ē) adj.

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