By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
An eighth-grade English test has baffled students and given ammunition to anti-standardized testing activists.
On Feb. 15, 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, killing 260 crew members and escalating tensions with Spain.
kill him with an automatic.
The report represents the clearest American acknowledgment of fault in connection with the attacks. It will give new ammunition to critics, including many Afghans, who complain that American forces too often act indiscriminately in calling in airstrikes, jeopardizing the United States mission by turning the civilian population against American forces and their ally, the Afghan government.
NBC Universal plans to use its coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games to launch a new system for measuring viewership across an array of different media, including video-on-demand, cellphones and the Web, as well as traditional television.
NBC hopes the new system -- which will be offered to advertisers at the start of the new fall season -- will give it ammunition to persuade advertisers to buy ad time on newer media such as VOD and cellphone video. That's a big issue for media companies, facing an erosion of audiences and ad dollars at their traditional outlets.
The people who watch a television program or motion picture: a largely male viewership.
1 (INFORMAL ammo) objects that can be shot from a weapon such as bullets or bombs:
a good supply of ammunition
a shortage of ammunition
2 facts that can be used to support an argument:
His bad behaviour provided plenty of ammunition for his opponents.
- A passage for escape or exit; a vent.
- A means of release or gratification, as for energies, drives, or desires: exercised as an outlet for frustration.
- A stream that flows out of a lake or pond.
- The mouth of a river where it flows into a larger body of water.
- The point of intersection of a driveway and a road, especially in a rural area.
- A commercial market for goods or services.
- A store that sells the goods of a particular manufacturer or wholesaler.
- A receptacle, especially one mounted in a wall, that is connected to a power supply and equipped with a socket for a plug.
- Acting or operating in a manner essentially independent of external influence or control: an automatic light switch; a budget deficit that triggered automatic spending cuts.
- Self-regulating: an automatic washing machine.
- Acting or done without volition or conscious control; involuntary: automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eyes in strong light. See synonyms at spontaneous.
- Acting or done as if by machine; mechanical: an automatic reply to a familiar question.
- Capable of firing continuously until ammunition is exhausted or the trigger is released: an automatic rifle.
- Semiautomatic: an automatic pistol.
- An automatic machine or device.
- An automatic firearm.
- A semiautomatic firearm.
- A transmission or a motor vehicle with an automatic gear-shifting mechanism.
- Football. See audible.
- Functioning by or as if by automatic machine or device.
[From Greek automatos : auto-, auto- + -matos, willing.]automatically au'to·mat'i·cal·ly adv.
automaticity au'to·ma·tic'i·ty (-mə-tĭs'ĭ-tē) n.
WORD HISTORY The words automatic pilot or automatic transmission bring to mind mechanical devices that operate with minimal human intervention. Yet the word automatic, which goes back to the Greek word automatos, "acting of one's own will, self-acting, of itself," made up of two parts, auto-, "self," and -matos, "willing," is first recorded in English in 1748 with reference to motions of the body, such as the peristaltic action of the intestines: "The Motions are called automatic from their Resemblance to the Motions of Automata, or Machines, whose Principle of Motion is within themselves." Although the writer had machines in mind, automatic could be used of living things, a use we still have. The association of automatic chiefly with machinery may represent one instance of many in which we have come to see the world in mechanical terms.
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2 武器, 飛び道具.
3 ((略式))自分に有利な情報［助言］, 攻撃［防御］手段.
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