2017年11月2日 星期四

split, splittist, finial, minaret, spigot, meet with, split verdict

BREAKING: After hours of deliberation and staying overnight at the High Court on Thursday, the eight-person jury in Donald Tsang's corruption trial was discharged after reaching a split verdict.

"Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges; hence the conclusion of such a narration is apt to be less finished than an architectural finial."
―from "Billy Budd, Sailor" from COMPLETE SHORTER FICTION by Herman Melville

Why Banks Will Lend Billions for Pfizer Deal

Pfizer's blockbuster deal to buy Wyeth raised hopes about deal financing, but the $22.5 billion loan Pfizer is getting doesn't mean the spigot is back on.


Mr. Buckley is one of the original members of YouTube’s partner program, which now includes thousands of participants, from basement video makers to big media companies. YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, places advertisements within and around the partner videos and splits the revenues with the creators. “We wanted to turn these hobbies into businesses,” said Hunter Walk, a director of product management for the site, who called popular users like Mr. Buckley “unintentional media companies.”

“Tibet affairs are part of China’s internal affairs, and no foreign country has the right to interfere,” Lu Kang, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Wednesday. He accused the Dalai Lama of “long conducting anti-China splittist 
activities on the world stage under the cloak of religion.”

Foreign leaders have increasingly declined to meet with the Dalai Lama, fearing retaliation from Beijing. China protested and canceled high-level visits to Britain after Prime Minister David Cameron met with him in 2012. When the Dalai Lama visited Britain again three years later, Mr. Cameron avoided him, something the Tibetan spiritual leader suggested was because of concerns about trade.

 meet with
[NO OBJECT] (meet with) Have a meeting with (someone):he met with the president on September 16


Pronunciation: /ˈsplɪtɪz(ə)m/


(Among communists, or in communist countries) the pursuance of factional interests in opposition to official Communist Party policy.




Example sentences
  • Gone are the high-decibel, constant fulminations of communist generals against the ‘splittists.’
  • On the list were ‘underground gangs’, Xinjiang separatists, ‘splittists’ - including Tibetans - ‘unstable social elements’ and the Falun Gong spiritual movement; all these are now defined as terrorist groups.
  • After only five days at the helm, Hu set out a tough policy for dealing with the ‘splittists.’

split (DIVIDE) 

verb splittingsplitsplit
1 [I or T] to (cause to) divide into two or more parts, especially along a particular line:
The prize was split between Susan and Kate.
Split the aubergines in half and cover with breadcrumbs.
The teacher split the children (up) into three groups.
INFORMAL I'll split (= share) this croissant with you.
His trousers split when he tried to jump the fence.
[+ object + adjective] The woman had split her head open (= got a long deep wound in her head) when she was thrown off the horse.

2 [I] to form cracks:
The wooden floor had cracked and split in the heat.

3 [I or T] If the people in an organization or group split, or if something splits them, they disagree and form smaller groups:
The childcare issue has split the employers' group.
The union executive has split down the middle (= divided into two equal-sized groups who disagree with each other) on what to do next.
A group of extremists split (off) from the Labour Party to form a new "Workers' Communist Party".

4 [I] OLD-FASHIONED INFORMAL to leave a place

noun [C]
1 a long, thin hole in something where it has broken apart:
Rain was getting in through a split in the plastic sheeting.

2 when a group of people divides into smaller groups because they disagree about something:
There is a widening split between senior managers and the rest of the workforce.
The tax issue has caused a split in/within the government.
There was a 70%, 25%, 5% split in the voting.

3 US FOR the splits:
Carly did a split.

the splits UK plural noun (US split)
the action of sitting on the floor with your legs straight out and flat along the floor in opposite directions:
Can you do the splits?

splitting headache a very severe pain that you feel in your headsplit (TELL) Show phonetics
verb [I] splittingsplitsplit UK OLD-FASHIONED INFORMAL
to tell other people secret and damaging information about someone:
They knew Josie wouldn't split on them to the teacher.

  1. To divide from end to end or along the grain by or as if by a sharp blow. See synonyms at tear1.
    1. To break, burst, or rip apart with force; rend. See synonyms at break.
    2. To affect with force in a way that suggests tearing apart: A lightning bolt split the night sky.
  2. To separate (people or groups, for example); disunite.
  3. To divide and share: split a dessert.
  4. To divide, as for convenience or proper ordering: split the project up into stages.
  5. To separate (leather, for example) into layers.
  6. To mark (a vote or ballot) in favor of candidates from different parties.
  7. To divide (stock) by issuing multiples of the existing stock with a corresponding reduction in the price of each share, so that the total value of the stock is unchanged.
  8. Sports. To win half the games of (a series or double-header).
  9. Slang. To depart from; leave: a mobster who suddenly split town.
  1. To become separated into parts, especially to undergo lengthwise division.
  2. To become broken or ripped apart, especially from internal pressure.
  3. To become or admit of being divided: Let's split up into teams. This poem doesn't split up into stanzas very well.
  4. Informal. To become divided or part company as a result of discord or disagreement: She split with the regular party organization. They split up after a year of marriage.
  5. To divide or share something with others.
  6. Slang. To depart; leave: All the older kids have split to go dancing.

  1. A faucet. See Regional Note at andiron.
  2. A wooden faucet placed in the bunghole of a cask.
  3. The vent plug of a cask.
[Middle English, perhaps from Old French *espigot, diminutive of Old Provençal espiga, ear of grain, from Latin spīca.]

spig finial of a temple tower.

Many pagodas have an antenna at the top of the structure known as a finial. This antenna is designed in such a way as to have symbolic meaning within Buddhism; for example, it may include designs representing a lotus . The finial also functions as a lightning rod, and thus helps to both attract lightning and protect the pagoda from lightning damage.

fin·i·al ( fĭn'ē-əl) pronunciation━━ n. 【建】頂華.n.
  1. Architecture. A sculptured ornament, often in the shape of a leaf or flower, at the top of a gable, pinnacle, or similar structure.
  2. An ornamental terminating part, as on a post or piece of furniture.
[Middle English, last, finial, variant of final. See final.]


The spigot or mounting for a Weather Vane also a top most spike or embellishment for a building or structure, made from stone or metal.

A pointed finial prevents boosts roosting on top of the object, preventing soiling.
It is also a decorative item often used in living spaces.

min·a·ret ( mĭn'ə-rĕt') pronunciation
A tall slender tower attached to a mosque, having one or more projecting balconies from which a muezzin summons the people to prayer.
[French, from Turkish minārat, from Arabic manāra, lamp.]
━━ n. ミナレット ((イスラム教寺院の尖塔(せんとう))).
Mosque in Aswan, Egypt, with minarets.
Mosque in Aswan, Egypt, with minarets.
The most typical Egyptian development is seen in the octagonal minarets of the two 15th-century Cairo mosques of El-Azhar and Kait-bey; both have two balconies, the upper smaller than the lower, over projecting friezes of stalactite vaulting and are surmounted by an elongated and bulbous finial.