2012年2月29日 星期三

anatomize, comminute

comminute (verb) Reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading.
Synonyms:bray, mash, crunch, grind
Usage:The chef comminuted the spices in his mortar for several minutes before sprinkling them on the chicken.


  • 発音記号[kɑ'mənjùːt | kɔ'minjùːt]

1 …を粉末にする, 粉砕する
comminuted fracture
2 〈土地・財産などを〉細分する.


Cullen’s nuanced account anatomizes the massacre, showing how readily truth was obscured by myth. (Twelve, $26.99.)

a·nat·o·mize (ə-năt'ə-mīz') pronunciation
tr.v., -mized, -miz·ing, -miz·es.
  1. To dissect (an animal or other organism) to study the structure and relation of the parts.
  2. To analyze in minute detail: "Pynchon is the devil who went beyond the grave to anatomize the remains of the modern soul" (Josephine Hendin). See synonyms at analyze.
anatomization a·nat'o·mi·za'tion (-mĭ-zā'shən) n.

selective, eidetic

S&P puts Greece in selective default

eidetic (eye-DET-ik)

Marked by extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall.

From German eidetisch, from Greek eidetikos, from eidos (form), ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see) that is the source of words such as wise, view, supervise, and wit

"He (Jorge Semprun) really does know hundreds of poems, he says. When he was young, he had a near eidetic memory, 'but these days my memory is more selective.'" — Helen Kaye; Memory and Commitment; Jerusalem Post (Israel); Apr 3, 1997.

"The mother is desperate and the child, as it happens, has an eidetic memory and detailed information about the villain's illicit businesses." — Don D'Ammassa; The Mocking Program; Science Fiction Chronicle (Radford, Virginia); Jul 1, 2002.


  • 発音記号[aidétik]
eidetic imagery


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  • 発音記号[siléktiv]

1 〈人が〉選択能力のある, 目の肥えた.
2 〈物が〉選択された, えり抜きの;選択できる, 義務的ではない;〈行為・影響などが〉選択的な;特定の人[障害]を対象にした;広範囲に及んでいない
selective bombing
3 〈受信機などが〉選択性のある, 分離性能のよい.

andante, in dire need of

an·dan·te (än-dän'tā, ăn-dăn') pronunciation

adv. & adj. (Abbr. and.)

In a moderately slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than allegretto but faster than adagio. Used chiefly as a direction.


An passage or movement.

[Italian, from present participle of andare, to walk, ultimately perhaps from Latin ambulāre.]

"If I had not always respected you for your music, I should have thrown you out of the window long ago!"

Then he burst into tears. So after that Bronze was not often invited to play in the orchestra, and was only called upon in cases of dire necessity, when one of the Jews was missing.


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  • 発音記号[dáiər]

[形](dir・er, dir・est)
1 ((通例限定))恐ろしい, ものすごい, 悲惨な, 陰惨な, 不吉な, 不幸[災難]をもたらす
a dire predicament
a dire prediction
the dire sisters
(⇒FURY 3
in dire straits
2 差し迫った, 緊急の
in dire need of ...

fuzzy, breakout hit/idea ,

Zhu Zhu Mania: Hamster Toys Are Ruling Christmas

Electronic toy hamsters called Zhu Zhu Pets are the breakout hit of the holiday season. Why the fuzzy creatures will clean up at the cash register

Reid Hoffman's Search for Breakout Ideas
It sometimes feels as though LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman has been involved in every major tech start-up in the last decade, either as an entrepreneur, investor or adviser.

A mass or coating of fine, light fibers, hairs, or particles; down: the fuzz on a peach.

v., fuzzed, fuzz·ing, fuzz·es. v.tr.
  1. To cover with fine, light fibers, hairs, or particles.
  2. To make blurred or indistinct: fuzzing the difference between the two candidates; worked quickly to fuzz up the details of the scandal.
To become blurred or obscure.

adj., -i·er, -i·est.
  1. Covered with fuzz.
  2. Of or resembling fuzz.
  3. Not clear; indistinct: a fuzzy recollection of past events.
  4. Not coherent; confused: a fuzzy plan of action.
[Perhaps from Low German fussig, spongy.]
fuzzily fuzz'i·ly adv.
fuzziness fuzz'i·ness n.

ham·ster (hăm'stər) pronunciation
A small Eurasian rodent of the subfamily Cricetinae, especially Mesocricetus auratus, having large cheek pouches and a short tail and often kept as a pet or used in laboratory research.

[German, from Middle High German hamastra, perhaps from Old High German hamustro, of Slavic origin.]

1 脱出, 脱獄, 脱走, 逃亡;(包囲網の)強行突破.
2 (伝染病・火災・戦争などの)発生;吹き出物.
3 裁ち切り図版(bleed).
In slang:
In other uses:

bubble up/ hop-on, hop-off

'We like what China is doing in terms of growth . . . we just don't like censorship,' Mr. Schmidt said, speaking at the World Economic Forum's annual summit here. 'We hope that will change and we can apply some pressure to make things better for the Chinese people.'

Mr. Schmidt's comments brought into the open a debate that bubbled up in private conversations at Davos all week -- concerns about growing tensions in the relationship between the U.S. and China.

bubble up

Meaning #1:
move upwards in bubbles, as from the effect of heating; also used metaphorically
Synonym: intumesce


更新時間 2012年 2月 27日, 星期一 - 格林尼治標準時間11:57





工黨、自民黨和綠黨異口同聲地批評屬於保守黨的倫敦市長鮑里斯·約翰遜(Boris Johnson)的新巴士計劃花銷太大。



約翰遜在2008年競選倫敦市長職位時宣佈了將用全新設計、符合環保的油電混合型大巴,採用傳統的在後部開「隨上隨下」(hop-on, hop-off)車門。



工黨國會議員戴維·拉米(David Lammy)給約翰遜寫信抱怨說,每一輛新車成本是140萬英鎊,而傳統的雙層巴士只要19萬英鎊;每輛車上62個座位,平均下來每個座位成本是22580英鎊。







hop off[hop off]

2012年2月27日 星期一

make rebuilding, in-waiting, destabilizing, its swaps take effect

Greek Crisis Raises New Fears Over Credit-Default Swaps Greece's debt restructuring is dragging credit-default swaps back into the spotlight.

The last time this financial instrument was on the global stage was in 2008, when the American International Group's credit-default swaps brought the insurer, as well as the wider financial system, to the brink of collapse. A.I.G. had unique weaknesses, and regulators have started to overhaul the credit-default swap market since 2008.

European policy makers have nonetheless looked warily at credit-default swaps, at least until recently, while they structured the Greek rescue over the last six months.

They aimed for a voluntary debt exchange that would not initiate the default swaps, fearing that payments on the swaps might set off destabilizing chain reactions through Europe's financial system.

But now, with Europe's $172 billion aid package for Greece, it appears that the nation is going to take a step that substantially increases the likelihood that its swaps take effect.

CEO goal: Fix France Télécom
France Telecom's chief executive in-waiting Stephane Richard plans to make rebuilding bruised employee morale in the wake of several destabilizing suicides a top priority when he takes the helm of the company next month.

The verb rebuild has one meaning:

Meaning #1: build again
Synonym: reconstruct

[動](〜ped, 〜・ping)((略式))(他)
1 〈物を〉(物と)交換する(trade);取り換える(exchange)((for ...));…を(人と)交換し合う((with ...))
She swapped her watch for the book.
I swapped seats [places] with him.
2 ((俗))〈妻・夫を〉(セックスのために)交換[スワッピング]する(swing).
━━(自)(←(他))物々交換する, 取り換える((over, round)).
━━[名]交換, 取り換え;交換(に適する)品;((俗))夫婦交換, スワッピング
in a swap
a swap meet [market]
do a swap
interest rate swap

swáp transàction[swáp transàction]


[中英語swappenより. 原義は「打つ」, 次に「手を打って商いをする」]

2012年2月25日 星期六

Unseen photographs, profilic/ trilogy

Inside the List


Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy is likely to continue dominating the children's best-seller lists after a movie version of the first book arrives in a few weeks.

Steve Schapiro - TAXI DRIVER

Unseen photographs from Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece

On view 4 November 2010 to 1 January 2011

TASCHEN is pleased to present this exhibition with Steve Schapiro of 22 previously unseen photographs from the set of Taxi Driver and 6 shots from The Godfather trilogy. A profilic artist who has worked as special photographer on more than 200 motion pictures - including Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and all three parts of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather- Steve shot some of the most iconic moments in cinema history from his own unique perspective, going behind the scenes to capture Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Jodie Foster and Martin Scorsese in private moments only he was privileged to witness.

  1. Not directly evident; invisible.
  2. Not previously read or studied: an unseen translation.


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  • 発音記号[trílədʒi]

1 三部作[曲], 三段物;(古代ギリシャの)悲劇三部作.
2 (類似物の)三つ組.

LED Rocketship portable nightlights/ flashlight /nyctalopia

nyctalopia (noun) Inability to see clearly in dim light; due to a deficiency of vitamin A or to a retinal disorder.
Synonyms:moon blindness, night blindness
Usage:Sharon's nyctalopia was so severe that she needed a flashlight to find light switches at night.

Intel Details Ultrabooks Plans

Intel promised its biggest marketing campaign since 2003 for the portable-PC category Ultrabooks, which will offer touch screens and voice activation.

OSRAM SYLVANIA Recalls Portable Nightlights Due to Electric Shock Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: LED Rocketship PalPODzzz™ Portable Nightlights

Units: About 26,000

Importer: OSRAM SYLVANIA Products Inc., of Danvers, Mass.

Hazard: The bottom plastic cover on the recharging base of the portable nightlight can break, exposing internal electrical components. This poses an electric shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of the bottom of the recharging base breaking and consumers touching internal electrical components that resulted in minor electric shocks.

Description: This recall involves LED Rocketship PalPODzzz™ portable nightlights with model number 72174. The product can also be used as an emergency light or a flashlight. The nightlight is shaped as a rocket ship and sits in a plastic recharging base that plugs into the wall. The model number and date codes “0808” or “0908” are printed on the label attached to the bottom cover of the recharging base.

Sold at: The Home Depot, Stop & Shop, and other retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Smarthome.com, and Sylvaniaonlinestore.com from October 2008 through November 2009 for between $15 and $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable nightlights and contact OSRAM SYLVANIA for a free replacement portable nightlight and a $5 coupon credit for OSRAM SYLVANIA products.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact OSRAM SYLVANIA at (877)-423-3772 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET or visit the firm’s Web site at www.sylvania.com

Picture of Recalled Light

Picture of Recalled Light


For good measure/ample bosom/ A-cup

Women with small breasts may be at lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with more ample bosoms.


Researchers at Harvard University, in the U.S., and the University of Toronto, in Canada, surveyed 92,106 women and found those who had a D-cup or larger at the age of 20 were at around three times higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with an A-cup.



  • レベル:大学入試程度
  • 発音記号[ǽmpl]

[形](-pler, -plest)
1 (量が)豊富な, (…に)(あまるほど)十分な((for ..., to do)). ⇒SUFFICIENT 1
an ample supply of water
The area has ample rainfall for agriculture.
We have ample time to discuss that matter.
2 (程度などが)高い;(スペースなどが)広い, 大きい
an ample bosom [bust]

For good measure

In addition to the required amount. For example, Whenever she bakes she adds a little more cinnamon for good measure, or He didn't argue with my price, so I gave him some extra supplies for good measure.

As an additional extra.


'Good measure' has been part of the language since the first English-speaking 'purveyor of fyne goodes' set up shop, and it just means 'an ample or generous quantity of that which is sold by measure'.

The first instance of the expression in print is found where many other first coinages originated, in John Wyclif's Middle English translation of the Bible, circa 1384, in Luke 6:38:

Thei schulen yyue in to youre bosum a good mesure, and wel fillid, and schakun togidir, and ouerflowynge; for bi the same mesure, bi whiche ye meeten, it schal be metun ayen to you.
[They shall give into your bosom a good measure, and well-filled, and shaken together, and overflowing; for by the same measure, by which ye mete, it shall be meted again to you.]

We might expect the extended term 'in good measure' to refer to an abundance of something. In fact, its rather the reverse. 'Measured' also means 'moderate; restrained' and if a person acts 'in good measure' they are being especially temperate in their actions. As it happens, Wyclif was also one of the first to put that meaning of 'good measure' into print, in a collection of sermons known as Controversial Tracks, circa 1400, which was directed at the clergy:

Ye shulden lyue on ye puple in good mesure as Paul biddin.
[You be sustained by the people in moderation, as St. Paul bids you.]

It wasn't until much later that the use of the phrase 'good measure' returned to its original 'ample' meaning. In the 19th century people began to express the idea of things being 'thrown in for good measure', that is, added as a complimentary extra portion. In 1811, the British mathematician Patrick Kelly wrote The Universal Cambist, which was an exhaustive study of the weights and measures in use in different parts of the world and a method of converting from one to another. In the notes on Swedish measurement he included:

Corn, and other dry commodities, are measured by Tunnor. The Tunne is divided into 32 Kappar. But to every Tunna of wheat 4 Kappar are allowed for good measure.

Before long, the expression 'for good measure' began to be used figuratively, that is, in circumstances where no actual measurement was taking place. An example appears in the May 1850 edition of the American magazineLittell's Living Age, in a report of a public flogging in California:

'Give him another for good measure' - 'Hit him again' - were the sounds which greeted his ears.

'For good measure' might appear to be linked to the 'Baker's dozen', as both phrases express the notion of a little extra being added above the absolute requirement. In fact, the two phrases aren't connected, 'Baker's dozen' being much older. While the extra that was added 'for good measure' was added willingly, the extra that made up a Baker's dozen was added under threat of severe punishment. In mediaeval England, being light in the loaves was as risky as being 'light in the loafers' was prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.

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2012年2月24日 星期五

co-hosts, laudanum-laced/ amanuensis

Wilkie Collins. By Peter Ackroyd. Chatto & Windus; 199 pages; £12.99. Buy from Amazon.co.uk

THIS may be Charles Dickens’s bicentenary, but Peter Ackroyd, having already written of that great author, has turned instead to his friend, Wilkie Collins, perhaps “the sweetest-tempered of all the Victorian novelists”. In this slim volume Mr Ackroyd skips along at a lively pace, tracing the arc of Collins’s life, from his happy childhood to his success as a novelist and playwright and his laudanum-laced decline.

Mr Ackroyd has made smooth work of threading together Collins’s life, but the missing information is revealing too. Collins never married; instead, he kept two mistresses in London. He resided with Caroline Graves and her daughter, Carrie, who became his amanuensis, while he housed Martha Rudd and their three children nearby. Their lives were intentionally obscured; in the 1871 census Caroline was listed as a widowed housekeeper and Martha referred to as Mrs Dawson.

North Korea’s soccer team qualified for the World Cup this year for the first time since 1966, when it reached the quarterfinals.

South Korea placed fourth in the 2002 World Cup, for which it and Japan were co-hosts.


noun \ˈld-nəm, ˈl-də-nəm\

Definition of LAUDANUM

: any of various formerly used preparations of opium
: a tincture of opium

Origin of LAUDANUM

New Latin
First Known Use: circa 1603


noun \ə-ˌman-yə-ˈwen(t)-səs\
plural aman·u·en·ses

Definition of AMANUENSIS

: one employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript

Examples of AMANUENSIS

  1. amanuensis, copies of most of the author's letters and unpublished manuscripts have been preserved>


Latin, from (servus) a manu slave with secretarial duties
First Known Use: 1619

2012年2月22日 星期三

ghost word, misreading, Holy Ghost/Spirit

U.S. and Iraq Had Expected Some U.S. Troops to Stay

American officials blamed a misreading of Iraqi politics for the failure of negotiations on extending the presence of troops.

ghost word (gost wurd)

A word that has come into a language through the perpetuation of a misreading of a manuscript, a typographical error, or a misunderstanding.

"Reading a text in facsimile form is like a trapeze performance without a net: there's no glossary, for instance, and nothing to warn the unwary they may be puzzling over a scribally created ghost word rather than discovering something entered in no dictionary." — Ralph Hanna, Facsimile of Oxford, The Huntington Library Quarterly, Jan 1, 1999.

spirit (1) 精神;精神體。 (2) 鬼神。 (3) 心靈;個人的心智。 (4) 靈魂。

Spirit, Holy :聖神;聖靈;天主第三位:聖父、聖子、聖神是三位一體的天主,而聖神是三位一體天主的第三位。同 Holy Ghost

2012年2月21日 星期二

Heat Pump, cool it, space

Jeremy Lin asks Taiwan media to give his family space
Globe and Mail
After another dominant night on the basketball court that added to his growing legend – and his legion of fans – on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, Jeremy Lin had a message for the media in Taiwan: cool it. Next up for a talking-to might be the ...

Goodman Company Reannounces Recall of Air Conditioner/Heat Pump Units Due to Fire Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10058.html

Heat Pump

A device that warms or cools a building by transferring heat from a relatively low-temperature reservoir to one at a higher temperature.

2012年2月20日 星期一

esure, offload, have a point

Occupy Wall Street Protestors Have a Point
The concerns of the Occupy Wall Street movement are not far different from what business leaders have told professors Joseph L. Bower, Herman B. Leonard, and Lynn S. Paine.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt plans to offload $1.35bn worth of shares. Source ...
The Australian
FORMER Google CEO Eric Schmidt plans to sell up to 2.4 million shares of stock currently worth nearly $US1.5 billion ($A1.39bn). Schmidt, now Google's executive chairman, intends to stagger the sales of the stock over a one-year period.

Lloyds Banking Group
has sold its majority stake in esure, one of Britain's largest providers of home and car insurance, as part of its plan to offload noncore units after a merger with rival lender HBOS. Go to Article from Reuters via The New York Times»

(usually styled as esure) is an internet and telephone based insurance company based in Reigate, Surrey, England. It also has offices in Manchester and Glasgow. esure was founded in 1999 by businessman Peter Wood, who also launched the Direct Line insurance company for the Royal Bank of Scotland.

off·load or off-load (ôfld, f-)
v. off·load·ed or off-load·ed, off·load·ing or off-load·ing, off·loads or off-loads
1. To unload (a vehicle or container).
2. Computer Science To transfer (data) to a peripheral device.
3. Slang To get rid of and pass on to another: "He does come close to offloading some of the blame for the launch on . . . the dear old media" (Meg Greenfield).
To unload a vehicle or container.

2012年2月19日 星期日

scrapbook/pinboard, bowling, coverstock , rolled in at number one,Card stock

You may not have heard of it, but the online scrapbook site Pinterest has surged in popularity as women flock to it. But the start-up still isn't sure how it will make money.

A Scrapbook on the Web Catches Fire


Time to make time for another social network. Pinterest is a free Web pinboard for any photos that you want to share.


(skrăp'bʊk') pronunciation
A book with blank pages used for the mounting and preserving of pictures, clippings, or other mementos.

number one


  1. One that is first in rank, order, or importance.
  2. Slang. One's own interests; oneself: watching out for number one.
  3. Informal.
    1. The act of urinating.
    2. Urine.
  1. First in rank, order, or importance: the number one team in the nation; our number one problem.
  2. Foremost in quality; first-rate: bought some number one farmland.

Card stock, also called cover stock or pasteboard, is a paper stock that is thicker and more durable than normal writing or printing paper, but thinner and more flexible than other forms of paperboard. Card stock is often used for postcards, playing cards, catalog covers, scrapbooking, and other uses which require higher durability than regular paper. The texture is usually smooth, but can be textured, metallic, or glossy.

Card stock for craft use comes in a wide variety of textures and colors.


What are bowling balls made of? The earliest bowling balls were made of stone. Later, the balls were made of hard wood, such as oak. In the early 1900s, hard rubber bowling balls were introduced, solving some of the chipping, cracking and warping problems that were prevalent in the wooden spheres. Today's balls are made up of a solid, nonmetallic core and a coverstock, or shell. The coverstock is usually composed of a plastic material — either polyester, polyurethane or resin urethane. The weight and balance of the ball and the positioning of the finger holes can greatly affect the bowler's performance; the first year that reactive resin was used in the bowling balls, the number of perfect games played increased by nearly twenty percent. In 2003, when the Professional Bowlers Association named its top fifty players, Earl Anthony, born on this date in 1938, rolled in at number one. The left-handed bowler was a six-time PBA player of the year.


"Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules."John Goodman as Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski

synchronized swimming/bombings, synced

Apple's Mountain Lion Makes the Mac More Like the iPad

Apple's Mountain Lion operating system software for the Mac brings even more of the iPhone/iPad features to the Mac. The juiciest payoff here is the suite of Mac apps that now mimic what's on the iPhone/iPad. Through your free iCloud account, all of these apps are synced instantly and smoothly across all your Apple gadgets.

Google Sync for your phone

Synchronize your Google Contacts and Calendar with your mobile phone. Available for BlackBerry, Nokia, Windows Mobile, and more.
Bombings in Iraq, Deadliest Since 2007, Raise Security Issue

Two synchronized bombings killed at least 132 people in Baghdad on Sunday, as insurgents continued to direct their attacks on vital government operations.

, UK USUALLY synchronise Show phonetics
1 [I or T] to (cause to) happen at the same time:
The show was designed so that the lights synchronized with the music.

2 [T] When people synchronize their watches, they make sure that all their watches show the same time:
We'd better synchronize our watches if we all want to be there at the same time.

synchronization, UK USUALLY synchronisation Show phonetics
noun [U]

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synchronized swimming noun [U]
a sport in which a group of people make graceful dance-like movements in the water at the same time

2012年2月14日 星期二

microcosm, atlas, Mercator Projection, cartographer, domesticated

The president's spending plan is a microcosm of the larger election year messaging battle in Washington.

My husband is a domesticated man.


---《巨流河》p.356... his book The Domestication of the Savage Mind (1977). Another field in which Goody has used his talent for comparison is the history of inheritance and the family. His most famous contribution in this area is The Development of the ..."

tr.v., -cat·ed, -cat·ing, -cates.
  1. To cause to feel comfortable at home; make domestic.
  2. To adopt or make fit for domestic use or life.
    1. To train or adapt (an animal or plant) to live in a human environment and be of use to humans.
    2. To introduce and accustom (an animal or plant) into another region; naturalize.
  3. To bring down to the level of the ordinary person.
n. (-kət, -kāt')

A plant or animal that has been adapted to live in a human environment.

domestication do·mes'ti·ca'tion n.


━━ vt. 飼い慣らす (tame); (移民・外来種の動植物を)土地に慣らす; 家庭[家事]に親しませる.
do・mes・ti・ca・tion n.

Economy | 18.05.2009

Poverty atlas shows huge social divide in Germany

A new study by a German welfare organization shows that the gap between rich and poor is widening in the country, with the east and northwest lagging clearly behind the south.




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PhotoLooking down on Japan in the Edo Period(TAKU HOSOKAWA/ THE ASAHI SHIMBUN)

A huge floor reproduction of a map of Japan created by Ino Tadataka (1745-1818), who surveyed the archipelago in the Edo Period (1603-1867), is on temporary public display at the Fukagawa Sports Center in Tokyo's Koto Ward, where Ino spent the last years of his life, through Sunday. Based on Ino's "Dai Nihon Enkai Yochi Zenzu・(Complete compilation of maps of Japan), the huge map, in color and printed on panels, is on a scale of 1:36,000. Although the cartographer's original drawings were lost long ago in a fire, a research group created this map from a few remaining copies of his works.

Vermeer compresses a whole world into the cool, lucid, quietly domesticated rooms he painted; his flat rectangles of canvas somehow square the circle and stretch to the round edges of imagined space. Mirrors on the walls multiply observed reality, windows open on to an exterior we cannot see and the curved surfaces of a wine glass or a water pitcher reflect objects outside the painting's proper scope. If you look at it closely enough, the earring worn by one of his subjects turns into a microcosm: a pearl, like the Earth explored and exploited by 17th-century cartographers and merchants, is a globe.


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The Mercator Projection is a way of showing the earth on a flat map. With the equator at its center, the spacing of parallels of latitude increases with the distance from the equator, so areas closer to the poles are shown in a disproportionately greater size. The Mercator Projection is named for its creator, Gerardus Mercator, the Flemish cartographer who was born on this date in 1512. Mercator was the first mapmaker to divide America into two separate continents, naming them "Americae pars septentrionalis" (northern part of America) and "Americae pars meridionalis" (southern part of America).


"'What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators, Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?' So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply 'They are merely conventional signs!'"Lewis Carroll, "The Hunting of the Snark"

, in modern usage, most commonly refers to a collection of maps, traditionally bound into book form.

Atlas may also refer to:

Greek mythology

  • Atlas (mythology), a Titan who bore the spheres of the heavens; inspiring the widely used image of a man carrying a great sphere on his back or shoulders
  • Atlas, the first king of Atlantis
n. - 地圖集, 圖解集

n. - 巨神阿特拉斯, 身負重擔的人

For other uses of "atlas", see Atlas (disambiguation).

pronunciation If you travel, take a road atlas along.

in geography, collection of maps or charts. It usually includes data on various features of a country, e.g., its topography, natural resources, climate, and population, as well as its agriculture and main industries. In astronomy, a star atlas is a collection of maps or photographs covering much or all of the celestial sphere and showing the locations of stars and other objects. Although the first known atlas was compiled by the Greek geographer Ptolemy in the 2d cent. A.D., its modern form was introduced in 1570 with the publication of Theatrum orbis terrarum by the Flemish geographer Abraham Ortelius. In 1595 his close friend Gerardus Mercator published Atlas sive cosmographicae. Its frontispiece was a figure of the titan Atlas holding a globe on his shoulders. The name Atlas subsequently came to be applied to volumes of maps and information in this format.



━━ n. 地図製作者.

  • 地図製作者{ちず せいさくしゃ}


━━ n. 地図帖; 【ギリシア神話】(A-) アトラス ((天を肩に担う巨人)); 【解】環椎, 第一頚椎.



Definition: naturalized
Antonyms: cultivated


Definition: tame
Antonyms: wild

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