2016年4月4日 星期一

fracas, maze navigation, fractal, croft, , crimp, obstructive, block

Out of Syria, Into a European Maze


As war rages on, more refugees are risking a journey across the Mediterranean in hopes of new lives in Europe. Instead, many find uncertainty and frustration. 

Andrew Carnegie was a crofter's lad who emigrated from Scotland to America and became a billionaire. But he believed in books and the chances they offered, and he wanted libraries to be the universities anyone could attend and no one would ever have to leave. He paid for 660 libraries in the UK and Ireland – and 1,500 or so in America.

China-Japan Rare Earth Fracas Continues
Forbes (blog)
Despite earlier news reports that it had come to an end, China's unofficial embargo on rare earth exports to Japan (which I reported on in a prior post) now ...
Apple Navigates China 

Apple is pinched between the promise and perils of doing business in China—a challenge highlighted after a fracas outside a Beijing store and as the company detailed working conditions throughout its supply chain.

Finding Beauty: Fractal Patterns on Earth as Seen from Space

Barcroft Media / Landov
The images in this gallery of natural fractal patterns on earth, viewed from space, have been curated from Google Earth by professor Paul Bourke.

In a world made small and accessible by technology, it is easy to forget the magnitude of nature’s infinite complexity. But sometimes technology reminds us, such as when trawling planet Earth on Google’s Satellite View, zooming across landscapes partitioned by natural and unnatural boundaries.

Read more: http://lightbox.time.com/2012/09/19/finding-beauty-fractal-patterns-on-earth-as-seen-from-space/#ixzz27GHWfoyt

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Supreme Court Nominee Pushes Ahead Despite Fracas


President Obama's aides and Judge Garland's allies have concluded that acting as if the Supreme Court nomination is going ahead is the best way to put pressure on their adversaries

Qualcomm's former general counsel, Lou Lupin, resigned last month after several legal setbacks for Qualcomm. He was succeeded on a temporary basis by Carol Lam, one of the eight U.S. attorneys fired in December. Those firings caused a Capitol Hill fracas that ultimately led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.(wsj)

Soccer-For-Peace Game Ends in Blows

Intended to show that soccer is just good clean fun, a match organized by
the project Sports Not Violence ended in a fracas, fueling everyone's
worst fears that footballers are all thugs acting out aggression issues.

The DW-WORLD Article


ECONOMIC FORUM / Label fracas crimping choice

More Artists Steer Clear of iTunes
A growing number of record companies are starting to think Apple's iTunes service is crimping overall sales.

May 9, 2008 -- 2:36 a.m. EDT
Container Shortage Frustrates Exporters
Surging U.S. exports are hitting a bottleneck at the nation's ports, threatening to crimp profits for farmers and agricultural processors.

Cleveland-Cliffs' largest shareholder is pushing the iron-ore producer to put itself up for sale and forgo its $10 billion deal for Alpha. The hedge fund effectively has enough power to block any transaction.

Distributor: Philips Consumer Lifestyle, of Stamford, Conn.
Hazard: An electrical fault and the build-up of calcium from hard or medium water can cause an obstruction in the coffeemaker. If this happens, the boiler can burst, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported in the United States. The firm has received 17 reports of incidents in Europe, including six reports of minor personal injury involving first degree burns to the hands, arms and abdomen.

Amy Sancetta/Associated Press
Stanford 82, Connecticut 73
Stanford Finds Openings Against UConn
Stanford defeated Connecticut, the top-seeded team in the country, with its balanced and imaginative triangle offense and enough obstructive defense to hold UConn.

noun [S]  

━━ n. けんか, 騒ぎ.
a noisy argument or fight:
He was injured in a Saturday-night fracas outside a disco.
The Prime Minister has joined the fracas over the proposed changes to the health service.

block (PREVENT) Show phonetics
verb [T]
to prevent movement through something, or to prevent something from happening or succeeding:
A fallen tree is blocking the road.
My view was blocked by a tall man in front of me.
She was very talented and I felt her parents were blocking her progress.
A group of politicians blocked the proposal.

block Show phonetics
noun [C usually singular]
A block in (= An object blocking) the pipe was preventing the water from coming through.

blockage Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
something that stops something else passing through, or when something does this:
His death was caused by a blockage in one of his arteries.

blocked Show phonetics
The road is blocked - you'll have to go round the other way.
I've got a sore throat and a blocked (up) nose. 

 Show phonetics
verb [T]
1 to block a road, passage, entrance, etc. so that nothing can go along it, or to prevent something from happening correctly by putting difficulties in its way:
After the earthquake many roads were obstructed by collapsed buildings.
Her view of the stage was obstructed by a pillar.
An accident is obstructing traffic on the M11.

2 to try to stop something from happening or developing:
to obstruct a police investigation
He got five years in prison for withholding evidence and obstructing the course of justice.

obstruction Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
There's some sort of obstruction (= blockage) on the railway tracks.
They were charged with obstruction of the police/of justice (= preventing the police/law courts from doing their jobs).
The referee said it was obstruction (= that one player had got in the way of another and so prevented them from moving freely).

obstructionism Show phonetics
when someone intentionally stops or delays an official process

obstructionist Show phonetics
obstructionist policies/tactics

obstructive Show phonetics
trying to stop someone from doing something by causing problems for them:
We'd have made a decision by now if Jean hadn't been so obstructive. 

━━ v. (通路などを)ふさぐ; (視界などを)さえぎる; (議事を)妨害する; 【スポーツ】(相手の選手を)妨害する.
 ob・struct・er ━━ n. =obstructor.
 ob・struc・tion ━━ n. 障害(物); 議事の妨害; 公務執行妨害; 【スポーツ】オブストラクション.
ob・struc・tion・ism n. 議事妨害.
ob・struc・tion・ist n. 議事妨害者.
 ob・struc・tive ━━ a. 妨害する ((to, of)).
ob・struc・tive・ly ad.
ob・struc・tive・ness n.
 ob・struc・tor ━━ n. 妨害者[物].


  1. To press or pinch into small regular folds or ridges: crimp a pie crust.
  2. To bend or mold (leather) into shape.
  3. To cause (hair) to form tight curls or waves.
  4. To have a hampering or obstructive effect on: Supplies of foreign oil were crimped by the embargo.
  1. The act of crimping.
  2. Something made by or as if by crimping, as:
    1. Hair that has been tightly curled or waved.
    2. A series of curls, as of wool fibers.
    3. A crease or bend.
  3. An obstructing or hampering agent or force: Rising interest rates put a crimp in new home construction.
[Dutch or Low German krimpen, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German.]
crimper crimp'er n.
crimp2 (krĭmppronunciation
A person who tricks or coerces others into service as sailors or soldiers.
To procure (sailors or soldiers) by trickery or coercion.
[Origin unknown.]

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vt. (及物動詞 transitive verb)


n. (名詞 noun)



  • 発音記号[frǽktl]台灣 碎形

[名][形]《数学・物理学》フラクタル(の), 次元分裂図形(の)
fractal theory



From French fracas, from Italian fracasso, from fracassare, from Latin infra- + Vulgar Latin cassare, from Latin cassus.

[edit] Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈfɹækɑː/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈfɹeɪkəs/

[edit] Noun

fracas (plural fracases or fracas)
  1. A noisy disorderly quarrel, fight, brawl, disturbance or scrap.  [quotations ▼]
Noisy quarrel.
Synonyms:affray, altercation
Usage:A loud and violent fracas took place between the infantry Colonel and his lady, who were dining at the Cafe de Paris.


  • 発音記号[fréikəs | frǽkɑː]

[名](複〜, ((米))〜es)けんか騒ぎ;騒動.


krɔ'ːft | krɔ'ft
crofts (複数形)
crofter, crofting, (全2件)
[名]((主にスコット))小作地;小農場, 小牧場.


Pronunciation: /meɪz/
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  • a network of paths and hedges designed as a puzzle through which one has to find a way: the house has a maze and a walled Italian garden
  • a complex network of paths or passages:they were trapped in a menacing maze of corridors
  • a confusing mass of information:a maze of petty regulations


(be mazed) archaic or dialect
  • be dazed and confused:she was still mazed with the drug she had taken


Middle English (denoting delirium or delusion): probably from the base of amaze, of which the verb is a shortening