2016年6月26日 星期日

drought, paucity, buzz-worthy, scarcity

Wimbledon, the world's oldest tennis tournament, begins on June 27th, bringing its traditional grey skies, expensive strawberries—and paucity of British winners. From the 2013 archive




Greece is running short of time. In the next few days either a new deal will be done or bank failures will lead to Grexit. In either case, the damage done by this period of uncertainty and financial drought will be severe. Here is why http://econ.st/1UzXsor


Taiwan's Yani Tseng shoots 63 to take lead in LPGA Tour's Safeway ... The Republic

PORTLAND, Oregon — Yani Tseng moved into position to end a long victory drought, shooting a 9-under 63 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final ...

 

 

 

  In N.Y. Mayoral Race, Small Checks From Hedge Fund Giants

By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON

New York law caps individual contributions to mayoral candidates, but records for 2013 are notable for their paucity of donations from hedge fund managers.
Widespread Drought Is Likely to Worsen
Widespread Drought Is Likely to Worsen

 

More than 400 people are missing and feared dead, after a tourist ferry with 458 people aboard overturned on the Yangzi river in stormy weather on the evening of June 1st. If the death toll is as bad as it might be, this would be the worst boat disaster in the history of the People’s Republic of China. Citizens are watching their government’s rescue effort with bated breath—and with an all too familiar paucity of information http://econ.st/1KJFble

Drug Scarcity's Dire Cost, and Some Ways to Cope
By RONI CARYN RABIN


Production problems have disrupted treatment plans. Experts advise patients to take a number of practical steps.

drought

Pronunciation: /draʊt/
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noun

  • a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water: the cause of Europe’s recent droughts [mass noun]:crops have failed because of drought
  • [usually with modifier] a prolonged absence of something specified:he ended a five-game goal drought
  • [mass noun] archaic thirst.

Origin:

late Old English drūgath 'dryness', of Germanic origin; compare with Dutch droogte; related to dry

drought[名][C][U]1 (特に長期の)日照り, 干ばつ;渇水 drought damage干害.2 (物の長期の)払底, 欠乏, 枯渇 drought of funds資金不足.3 ((方言))の...

droughty[形](-i・er, -i・est)1 乾燥した.2 日照り続きの, 干ばつの.3 ((方言))のどのかわいた.drought・i・ness[名]


scarcity
(skâr'sĭ-tē) pronunciation
n., pl., -ties.
  1. Insufficiency of amount or supply; shortage: a scarcity of food that was caused by drought.
  2. Rarity of appearance or occurrence: antiques that are valued for their scarcity.

Japan's iPad Frenzy Signals Sea Change
The debut of Apple's iPad in Japan is generating a level of hype and excitement rarely seen these days for a new electronics product in this gadget-loving nation, underscoring the paucity of buzz-worthy, homegrown devices.

pau·ci·ty ('sĭ-tē) pronunciation
n.
  1. Smallness of number; fewness.
  2. Scarcity; dearth: a paucity of natural resources.
[Middle English paucite, from Old French, from Latin paucitās, from paucus, few.]


buzz

Syllabification: (buzz)
Pronunciation: /bəz/
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noun

[in singular]
  • a low, continuous humming or murmuring sound, made by or similar to that made by an insect:the buzz of the bees a buzz of conversation
  • the sound of a buzzer or telephone.
  • informal a telephone call:I’ll give you a buzz
  • informal a rumor:the buzz is that he’s in big trouble
  • an atmosphere of excitement and activity:there is a real buzz about the place
  • informal a feeling of excitement or euphoria:I got such a buzz out of seeing the kids' faces
  • informal a general sense of excitement about or interest in someone or something, as reflected in or generated by media coverage or word of mouth:they created a huge buzz with their latest album the film has already generated a lot of buzz in the industry

verb

[no object]
  • 1make a humming sound:mosquitoes were buzzing all around us
  • (often as noun buzzing) (of the ears) be filled with a humming sound:I remember a buzzing in my ears
  • signal with a buzzer:the electric bell began to buzz for closing time [with object]:he buzzed the stewardesses every five minutes
  • [with object] informal make a telephone call to (someone).
  • 2 [with adverbial of direction] move quickly or busily:she buzzed along the highway back into town
  • [with object] Aeronautics, informal fly very close to (another aircraft, the ground, etc.) at a high speed.
  • 3(of a place) have an air of excitement or purposeful activity:the club is buzzing with excitement
  • (of a person’s mind or head) be filled with excited or confused thoughts:her mind was buzzing with ideas

Phrasal Verbs





buzz off

[often in imperative] informal go away.

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