2015年12月29日 星期二

conjurer, boon, tool, retool, tawny, perilous

"Solitude" by Anna Akhmatova

So many stones have been thrown at me,
That I'm not frightened of them anymore,
And the pit has become a solid tower,
Tall among tall towers.
I thank the builders,
May care and sadness pass them by.
From here I'll see the sunrise earlier,
Here the sun's last ray rejoices.
And into the windows of my room
The northern breezes often fly.
And from my hand a dove eats grains of wheat...
As for my unfinished page,
The Muse's tawny hand, divinely calm
And delicate, will finish it.

For Global Drug Manufacturers, China Becomes a Perilous Market


Rising Chinese demand for drugs is a boon for foreign companies, but bribery allegations against GlaxoSmithKline underscore the risk of scrutiny from officials.

China's problems with migrant workers aren't going away, as shown by a fresh outbreak of social unrest in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong. Does the 'factory of the world' need to retool its labor system?

The Prius V and Its Entune System

The Prius V is the first Toyota to incorporate a new electronics system, which a new owner found to be a boon.

Bike Sharing Can Mean Safer Biking
Growing experience from bike sharing programs in many cities makes clear that bicycling can be a safe mode of transportation, and the mere presence of a bike sharing program is a boon to the safety of all bicyclists.

1475年之後,Hieronymous Bosch 的一幅畫「魔法師(The Conjurer)」中,他的八寶袋中一隻動物露出頭來,可能是一隻貓頭鷹,或是一隻猴子。

Google Drive: A Boon, and a Headache, for IT
By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld With the launch of Google Drive this week, IT managers can look forward to a potential new productivity tool -- and some significant headaches, analysts say. Google Tuesday took the wraps off Google Drive, a cloud cloud ...

buff , boon, hindrance, tawny, conjure, Bel canto

  That would be a boon to American policy making, an assurance for Taiwan's freedom—and a spur to more responsible Chinese conduct.

[形](-ni・er, -ni・est)1 黄褐色の.2 ((米俗))すばらしい.━━[名][U]黄褐色.taw・ni・ness[名]
Definition of tawny

adjective (tawnier, tawniest)
  • of an orange-brown or yellowish-brown colour:tawny eyes


[mass noun]
  • an orange-brown or yellowish-brown colour:pine needles turning from tawny to amber





Middle English: from Old French tane, from tan 'tanbark'; related to tan1


  • レベル:社会人必須
  • 発音記号[búːn]

Pronunciation: /buːn/

Definition of boon


  • 1 [usually in singular] a thing that is helpful or beneficial:the route will be a boon to many travellers
  • 2 archaic a favour or request.


Middle English (originally in the sense 'request for a favour'): from Old Norse bón
1 (…にとっての)恩恵, 利益((for, to ...));恵みとなるもの, ありがたいもの((for ...))
The aid was a great boon for the country.
2 ((古風))頼み, 願いごと.

 (tūl) pronunciation
  1. A device, such as a saw, used to perform or facilitate manual or mechanical work.
    1. A machine, such as a lathe, used to cut and shape machine parts or other objects.
    2. The cutting part of such a machine.
  2. Something regarded as necessary to the carrying out of one's occupation or profession: Words are the tools of our trade.
  3. Something used in the performance of an operation; an instrument: "Modern democracies have the fiscal and monetary tools . . . to end chronic slumps and galloping inflations" (Paul A. Samuelson).
  4. Vulgar Slang. A penis.
  5. A person used to carry out the designs of another; a dupe.
    1. A bookbinder's hand stamp.
    2. A design impressed on a book cover by such a stamp.
  6. Computer Science. An application program, often one that creates, manipulates, modifies, or analyzes other programs.

v., tooled, tool·ing, tools. v.tr.
  1. To form, work, or decorate with a tool.
  2. To ornament (a book cover) with a bookbinder's tool.
  3. Slang. To drive (a vehicle): tooled the car at 80 miles an hour.
  1. To work with a tool.
  2. Slang. To drive or ride in a vehicle: tooled up and down the roads.
phrasal verb:tool up
  1. To provide an industry or a factory with machinery and tools suitable for a particular job.
[Middle English, from Old English tōl, possibly from Old Norse.]
SYNONYMS   tool, instrument, implement, utensil, appliance. These nouns refer to devices used in the performance of work. Tool applies broadly to a device that facilitates work; specifically it denotes a small manually operated device: a box full of tools for bike repair. Instrument refers especially to a relatively small precision tool used by trained professionals: sterilized the scalpel and the other instruments. Implement is the preferred term for tools used in agriculture and certain building trades: rakes, hoes, and other implements. Utensil often refers to an implement used in a household, especially in the kitchen: cooking utensils hung by the stove. Appliance most frequently denotes a power-driven device that performs a specific function: a store selling toasters and other appliances.
 [類語]tool職人などが仕事を容易にするために使う, 原則として手で握る道具. implement特定目的のための道具でtoolから簡単な機械まで含む:gardening implements造園用具. instrument 特定の仕事に必要な精密度の高い道具:medical instruments医療器具. utensil主に家庭用品.

1 道具, 用具, 工具;(旋盤などの)工作機械(の刃先)
a multipurpose tool
down tools

2 道具の役を果たすもの, 手段
a tool of communication
the tools of theone'strade
A painter's eyes are his most important tools.
3 道具として使われる人, 手先, 踏み台
A leader must not become the tool of his advisers.
4 《製本》押し型(による模様).
5 (ペンキ塗り用の)小ばけ.
6 ((卑))陰茎(penis);ばかな[いやな]やつ.
7 ((米俗))がり勉.
1 〈物を〉道具で造る[形づくる, 細工する];〈石を〉のみで仕上げる;〈革に〉模様を彫る.
2 〈本の表紙に〉型押しする.
3 ((略式))〈車・馬車などを〉(…を)軽快に走らせる;(特に行くあてもなく)ゆっくり走らせる((through, down, along ...));〈人を〉乗せて運ぶ.
4 〈工場などに〉新式の道具[機械]を備えつける((up)).
1 道具を使う, 道具で細工する.
2 ((米略式))(乗り物で特にあてもなく)行く((along/along, down ...));乗り回す((about, around)).
3 (工場に)(ある目的の)機械類を備えつける((up)).

 (rē-tūl') pronunciation

v., -tooled, -tool·ing, -tools.
  1. To fit out (a factory, for example) with a new set of machinery and tools for making a different product.
  2. To revise and reorganize, especially for the purpose of updating or improving: had to retool the city's economy.
To fit out a factory with a new set of machinery and tools.