2016年5月9日 星期一

brainy, schoolmarm, taper, echidna, long-beaked, telegraph, schoolmaster

Today's young people are brainier than any previous generation—yet their elders are stopping them from reaching their potential. Our special report

What do young people have to complain about? Plenty, actually
ECON.ST

Brainy, Yes, but Far From Handy

Robots still lack a critical element that will keep them from eclipsing most human capabilities anytime soon: a well-developed sense of touch.



Fed's Plan to Taper Stimulus Effort Is Not Expected Until Next Year

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

Significant details of the eventual retreat also remain the subjects of unresolved debates, according to public statements by Fed officials and interviews with some of them.



The Yellen Fed? Precise and Predictable

By CATHERINE RAMPELL

Wall Street investors hope that a Federal Reserve under Janet L. Yellen will telegraph its intentions to the markets, particularly as it tapers efforts to kindle growth.


Basics
Brainy Echidna Proves Looks Aren’t Everything

Auscape International
A MIXED BAG The long-beaked echidna is hard to find but easy to appreciate.
By NATALIE ANGIER
Published: June 8, 2009

If you wanted to push yourself to the outermost chalk line of human endurance, you might consider an ultramarathon, or a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean, or being nominated to the United States Supreme Court.



taper

Syllabification: (ta·per)
Pronunciation: /ˈtāpər/
Translate taper | into French | into German | into Italian | into Spanish
noun


  • a slender candle.
  • a wick coated with wax, used for conveying a flame.
  • a gradual narrowing:the current industry standard taper of 5 degrees

verb

  • diminish or reduce or cause to diminish or reduce in thickness toward one end: [no object]:the tail tapers to a rounded tip [with object]:David asked my dressmaker to taper his trousers
  • [no object] gradually lessen:the impact of the dollar’s depreciation started to taper off

Origin:

Old English (denoting any wax candle), dissimilated form (by alteration of p- to t-) of Latin papyrus

(see papyrus), the pith of which was used for candle wicks


beak
n.
    1. The horny, projecting structure forming the mandibles of a bird, especially one that is strong, sharp, and useful in striking and tearing; a bill.
    2. A similar structure in other animals, such as turtles, insects, or fish.
  1. A usually firm, tapering tip on certain plant structures, such as some seeds and fruits.
  2. A beaklike structure or part, as:
    1. The spout of a pitcher.
    2. A metal or metal-clad ram projecting from the bow of an ancient warship.
  3. Informal. The human nose.
  4. Chiefly British Slang.
    1. A schoolmaster.
    2. A judge.
[Middle English bek, from Old French bec, from Latin beccus, of Celtic origin.]
beaked beaked (bēkt) adj.



 schoolmarm


Pronunciation: /ˈskuːlmɑːm/




Definition of schoolmarm in English:

noun

chiefly North American
schoolmistress (typically used with reference to a woman regarded as primstrict, and brisk in manner):I gave an exasperated schoolmarm’s laugh[AS MODIFIER]: a schoolmarm hairstyle





brainy

Line breaks: brainy
Pronunciation: /ˈbreɪni /





ADJECTIVE (brainierbrainiest)

Having or showing intelligence:a brainy discussionshe was brainy, except for maths

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