2017年7月26日 星期三

hothouse, mimic, mimicry, biomimicry, peddle, influence-peddling, handouts,confluence

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” 
― Oscar Wilde

由邱國維老師指導,本系研究所國際學程建築設計組學生團隊,參與「2016全球仿生設計競賽」(Biomimicry Global Design Challenge),從18國86個團隊中脫穎而出,以蜂巢與繭的生物結構做為居家食物處理器概念,最後榮獲第二名佳績!恭喜。

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Challenge, culled from…

Arrests of 3 Mayors Reinforce Florida's Notoriety as a Hothouse for Corruption


In a state that led the nation in convictions of public officials last decade, the leaders of Homestead, Sweetwater and Miami Lakes were apprehended within a month. 

Anger at Leadership Spills Into Gas Lines

Long gas lines are among a confluence of crises feeding discontent among Egyptians as plans for protests this weekend stir fears of violence and instability.
Solving the Puzzles of Mimicry in Nature
Analyzing the DNA of dangerous butterflies who copy other species, scientists have found that some shared color-controlling genes.

influence-peddling scheme該作何解 販賣影響力
Prosecutors continue to investigate allegations that first lady Wu Shen-chen improperly received free SOGO coupons in an influence-peddling scheme.

Collaborations popping up across the country between charter and traditional public schools show promise that charter schools could fulfill their original purpose of becoming research-and-development hothouses for public education, champions of charters say. But both supporters and skeptics of charter schools agree that so far the cooperative efforts are not widespread nor are most of them very deep. The U.S. Department of Education spent $6.7 million in fiscal 2009 on grants to states for charters to share what they've learned with other schools. It is now conducting a feasibility study on ways to support the spread of promising charter school practices, said Scott D. Pearson, the department's acting director of the charter schools program. The article is in Education Week.

Taiwan Jobs Sucked to China by Failure to Mimic Singapore Model

July 4 (Bloomberg) -- A decade ago, Wu Wen-nan earned $726 a month at a Taiwan factory run by Foxconn Technology Group, maker of Apple Inc.'s iPhones and iPads. Today, he peddles magazines and takes handouts from a charity.

Mimicking Intel, National Semiconductor lowered its sales forecast for the current quarter by more than 10 percent. It had expected revenue of between $470 million to $480 million for the period ending Nov. 23, but is now looking for revenue between $420 million and $425 million.

verb [T] mimickingmimickedmimicked
to copy the way in which a particular person usually speaks and moves, usually in order to amuse people:
She was mimicking the various people in our office.

noun [C]
a person who can copy the sounds or movements of other people:
She's a brilliant mimic.

noun [U]

tr.v., -icked, -ick·ing, -ics.
  1. To copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression, and gesture; ape.
  2. To copy or imitate so as to ridicule; mock: always mimicking the boss. See synonyms at imitate.
  3. To resemble closely; simulate: an insect that mimics a twig.
  4. To take on the appearance of.
  1. One who imitates, especially:
    1. An actor or actress in a mime.
    2. One who practices the art of mime.
    3. One who copies or mimics others, as for amusement.
  2. A copy or an imitation.
  1. Relating to, acting as, resembling, or characteristic of a mimic or mimicry.
    1. Tending to imitate; imitative.
    2. Make-believe; mock: a mimic battle.
[From Latin mīmicus, mimic, from Greek mīmikos, from mīmos, imitator, mime.]
mimicker mim'ick·er n.


Pronunciation: /bʌɪəʊˈmɪmɪkri/ 


The design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modelled onbiological entities and processes.


Pronunciation: /ˈmɪmɪkri/ 

NOUN (plural mimicries)

1The action or skill of imitating someone or something, especially in order to entertain orridicule:the word was spoken with gently teasing mimicry[COUNT NOUN]: playful mimicry of the techniques of realist writers
1.1Biology The close external resemblance of an animal or plant (or part of one) to another animal, plant, or inanimate object.

mim • ic • ry
mimicries (複数形)
1 [U]まねること, 模倣;《動物》擬態
in mimicry of ...
2 模造品[物].


  • レベル:社会人必須
  • 発音記号[pédl]

1 〈商品を〉売り歩く, 行商する, 小売りする;〈薬を〉不法に売る.
2 〈意見・考え・うわさなどを〉広めよう[ばらまこう]とする.
3 ((米俗))〈衣服・靴などを〉古着屋へ売る((out)).
1 売り歩く, 行商する.
2 つまらないことにこだわる[時間を費やす], こせこせする.
PEDDLERからの逆成](pĕd'l) pronunciation

v., -dled, -dling, -dles.
    1. To travel about selling (wares): peddling goods from door to door.
    2. To engage in the illicit sale of (narcotics).
  1. Informal. To seek to disseminate; give out: peddling lies.
  1. To travel about selling wares.
  2. To occupy oneself with trifles.
[Back-formation from PEDDLER. V., intr., sense 2, probably influenced by PIDDLE.]

handout(hănd'out') pronunciation
  1. Food, clothing, or money given to the needy.
  2. A folder or leaflet circulated free of charge.
  3. A sheet or sheets of paper containing topical information, distributed to people attending a speech, lecture, or meeting.
  4. A prepared news or publicity release.


Syllabification: (con·flu·ence)

Definition of confluence


  • the junction of two rivers, especially rivers of approximately equal width:here at the confluence of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers
  • an act or process of merging:a major confluence of the world’s financial markets


late Middle English: from late Latin confluentia, from Latin confluere 'flow together' (see confluent)


Syllabification: (in·flu·ence)
Pronunciation: /ˈinflo͝oəns/

Definition of influence


  • the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself:the influence of television violence I was still under the influence of my parents their friends are having a bad influence on them
  • the power to shape policy or ensure favorable treatment from someone, especially through status, contacts, or wealth:the institute has considerable influence with teachers
  • a person or thing with the capacity or power to have an effect on someone or something:Frank was a good influence on her
  • Physics, archaic electrical or magnetic induction.


[with object]
  • have an influence on:social forces influencing criminal behavior


under the influence

informal affected by alcoholic drink; drunk:he was charged with driving under the influence







Pronunciation: /ˈhɒthaʊs/
Translate hothouse | into German | into Italian | into Spanish


  • a heated greenhouse in which plants that need protection from cold weather are grown: [as modifier]:hothouse plants
  • an environment that encourages rapid growth or development, especially in a stifling or intense way: [as modifier]:the hothouse atmosphere of the college


[with object]
educate or teach (a child) to a high level at an earlier age than is usual: a school that had a reputation for hothousing its girls