2016年2月2日 星期二

decay, recover, unusable, regain, recoup, retrieve, discover, cover, tap brake, gun dog


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Early the next morning, all residents of Okuma were ordered to evacuate. He said he left home thinking he would be back in a matter of hours, but he has not returned since, except on short day trips to retrieve a few of his belongings.



----美國獵犬協會是「計分」狗之表現如發現、取回等等
NSTRA - National Shoot to Retrieve Association
Nonprofit Organization conducts sanctioned field trials for pointing bird dogs nationwide.


gun dog noun [C] (US ALSO bird dog)
a dog used by hunters to find and gather birds they have shot


Cats are decayed Taiwanese mining town's 2nd life
HOUTONG, Taiwan — A surfeit of cats is giving a second life to a decayed Taiwanese coal-mining town that last prospered in the 1970s.
Visitors' raves on local blogs have helped draw dozens of cat lovers to fondle, frolic and photograph the 100 or so resident felines in Houtong, one of several industrial communities in decline since Taiwan's railroads electrified and oil grew as a power source.
Most towns have never recovered, but this tiny community of 200 is fast reinventing itself as a cat lover's paradise.
"It was more fun than I imagined," said 31-year-old administrative assistant Yu Li-hsin, who visited from Taipei. "The cats were clean and totally unafraid of people. I'll definitely return."
On a recent weekday afternoon, dozens of white, black, gray and calico-colored cats wandered freely amid Houtong's craggy byways, while visitors memorialized the scene with cell phone cameras and tickled the creatures silly with feather-tipped sticks.
The cats' reaction seemed to range from indifference to reluctant engagement.
Locals are delighted with the tourist influx, seeing it as an antidote to Houtong's stark decline etched in dozens of abandoned structures and acres of unkempt overgrowth.
Indonesian-born Sumarni, 35, who married a local man six years ago, says she is grateful to the tourists for relieving the town's isolation.
"My 3-year-old daughter gets to play with some children of her age when visitors bring their kids here," she said. "There is really not any playmate of her age in the community."
Sumarni has also benefited financially from the tourist influx, piggybacking it to set up a profitable food stall next to her modest home.
Retiree Chan Bi-yun, 58, takes a lot of the credit for Houtong's feline-induced rebirth.
"I started raising five cats that belonged to a neighbor who passed away nine years ago and they gave birth to more and more kitties," she said. "Now I feed about half of Houtong's cat population."
Chan said most of her proteges wander freely and she provides special help only for abandoned kittens. She also gets assistance from volunteers who provide free veterinary care and cat food.
Like Sumarni, she has profited from the tourist influx, setting up a stall that sells cat-related souvenirs.
Mobile phone dangles with different feline shapes appeared to be a particularly fast mover, though cat-imprinted pursues were giving them a good run for their money.

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decay
〔dikéi〕
[動](自)

1 〈物が〉腐る, 腐敗する, 朽ちる

decaying vegetables
腐りかけている野菜.
2 〈人・事が〉(力・健康・美しさなどの点で)衰える, 低下する, 衰弱する;堕落する

a decaying village
さびれゆく村
All that flourishes will one day decay.
栄華をきわめるものはすべていつかは衰亡する.
3 《物理学》〈放射性原子核が〉崩壊する;減衰する.
━━(他)…を腐らせる;…を衰えさせる

a decayed tooth
虫歯.
━━[名][U]
1 腐敗, 腐朽;歯の悪くなった部分;虫歯.
2 (力・健康・美しさ・知力などの)衰え, 衰退, 消滅;堕落

the decay of a nation
民族の衰亡
fall in [into, to] decay [=go to decay ]
衰える, 朽ちる.
3 《物理学》(放射性)崩壊;減衰.
[古北フランス語←後ラテン語dē-(から)+cadēre(落ちる)]


recover
(rĭ-kŭv'ər) pronunciation

v., -ered, -er·ing, -ers. v.tr.
  1. To get back; regain.
  2. To restore (oneself) to a normal state: He recovered himself after a slip on the ice.
  3. To compensate for: She recovered her losses.
  4. To procure (usable substances, such as metal) from unusable substances, such as ore or waste.
  5. To bring under observation again: "watching the comet since it was first recovered-first spotted since its 1910 visit" (Christian Science Monitor).
v.intr.
  1. To regain a normal or usual condition, as of health.
  2. To receive a favorable judgment in a lawsuit.
[Middle English recoveren, from Old French recoverer, from Latin recuperāre. See recuperate.]
recoverable re·cov'er·a·ble adj.
recoverer re·cov'er·er n.
SYNONYMS recover, regain, recoup, retrieve. These verbs mean to get back something lost or taken away. Recover is the least specific: The police recovered the stolen car. "In a few days Mr. Barnstaple had recovered strength of body and mind" (H.G. Wells). Regain suggests success in recovering something that has been taken from one: "hopeful to regain/Thy Love" (John Milton). To recoup is to get back the equivalent of something lost: earned enough profit to recoup her expenses. Retrieve pertains to the effortful recovery of something (retrieved the ball) or to the making good of something gone awry: "By a brilliant coup he has retrieved . . . a rather serious loss" (Samuel Butler).

Loss and Hope

As a nation, we can work to retrieve the compassion that surged after 9/11.
discover
(dĭ-skŭv'ər) pronunciation
tr.v., -ered, -er·ing, -ers.
  1. To notice or learn, especially by making an effort: got home and discovered that the furnace wasn't working.
    1. To be the first, or the first of one's group or kind, to find, learn of, or observe.
    2. To learn about for the first time in one's experience: discovered a new restaurant on the west side.
  2. To learn something about: discovered him to be an impostor; discovered the brake to be defective.
  3. To identify (a person) as a potentially prominent performer: a movie star who was discovered in a drugstore by a producer.
  4. Archaic. To reveal or expose.
[Middle English discoveren, to reveal, from Old French descovrir, from Late Latin discooperīre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin cooperīre, to cover; see cover.]

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