2016年7月7日 星期四

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Though the outage had been momentary, much of the equipment at the factory had to, in effect, reboot, and any blip could mean costly lost production time.

Dear friends,
As we approach a new – and hopefully peaceful – decade, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all of you a great holiday season.

To be sure, bus travel is still a tiny blip on Japan's travel infrastructure--moving less than 3 percent of the passenger traffic between Tokyo and Osaka. Yet it's twice what it was a decade ago, and there's still no sign of a slowdown.

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Liu Xiaobo's Plea for the Human Spirit
In essays and poems, the imprisoned Chinese poet demonstrates a considerable amount of anger while retaining his Gandhian nonviolent spirit.

Gandhism is the collection of inspirations, principles, beliefs and philosophy of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (known as Mahatma Gandhi), who was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian Independence Movement.

pip (pip)

1. The small seed of a fruit, such as an apple or an orange.
2. Something or someone wonderful.

Short for pippin, from Anglo-French pepin. Earliest documented use: c. 1450.

"Chairman Ian Palmer is spitting pips." — Jon Morgan; Apple Growers Get the Pip as the Bite Goes on Prices; The Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand); Nov 5, 2010.

"Today the politician gambles with a die so rough-used that none of the pips on its six faces can be read." — Gopalkrishna Gandhi; We, the People; The Hindu (Chennai, India); Dec 26, 2010.

"Wash those cups again. And this time, sterilize them. Want everybody around here to come down with the pip?" — Robert A. Heinlein; Red Planet; Scribner; 1949.

"The euro fell around 35 pips versus the dollar to trade at $1.3672." — Euro Falls as Ireland Denies Bailout; Reuters (New York); Nov 12, 2010.

"Grant Skinner of Glencorse pipped former Scottish international Mike Thomson to the top spot." — Martin Dempster; Golf: Skinner Pips Thomson; Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland); Nov 12, 2010.

"The author's photos of all the life stages of eagles -- from a chick pipping from an egg ... to the final pure white head and tail of adulthood -- are one of the strengths of the book." — Nancy Bent; The Majesty of Flight; Booklist (Chicago); Dec 1, 1999.

Is there light at the end of the “diabesity” tunnel? New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seem to confirm that recent reports showing the U.S. diabetes epidemic beginning to decline are not a statistical blip.
Earthquake’s Costs to Fall on Japan’s Government
The losses in Japan as a result of the earthquake and resulting tsunami are expected to exceed $100 billion and fall most heavily on the government.
America the Tarnished
Published: March 29, 2009
Ten years ago the cover of Time magazine featured Robert Rubin, then Treasury secretary, Alan Greenspan, then chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Lawrence Summers, then deputy Treasury secretary. Time dubbed the three “the committee to save the world,” crediting them with leading the global financial system through a crisis that seemed terrifying at the time, although it was a small blip compared with what we’re going through now.

tarnish (REPUTATION) Show phonetics
verb [T] to spoil the reputation of someone or something:
By this time a series of scandals had severely tarnished the leader's image/reputation.

tarnished Show phonetics

fall on/fal upon
Meaning #1:
 find unexpectedly
Synonyms: strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discover

(pĭp) pronunciation
The small seed of a fruit, as that of an apple or orange.

[Short for PIPPIN.]

pip2 (pĭp) pronunciation
tr.v. Chiefly British, pipped, pip·ping, pips.
  1. To wound or kill with a bullet.
  2. To get the better of; defeat.
  3. To blackball.
[Possibly from PIP3.]

pip3 (pĭp) pronunciation
  1. Games.
    1. A dot indicating a unit of numerical value on dice or dominoes.
    2. A mark indicating the suit or numerical value of a playing card.
  2. A spot or speck.
  3. A rootstock of certain flowering plants, especially the lily of the valley.
  4. Any of the small segments that make up the surface of a pineapple.
  5. Informal. A shoulder insignia indicating the rank of certain officers, as in the British Army.
  6. See blip (sense 1).
[Origin unknown.]

pip4 (pĭp) pronunciation

v., pipped, pip·ping, pips. v.tr.
To break through (the shell) in hatching. Used of a chick.

To peep or chirp, as a chick does.

A short, high-pitched radio signal.

[Variant of PEEP1 and PEEP2.]

pip5 (pĭp) pronunciation
    1. A disease of birds, characterized by a thick mucous discharge that forms a crust in the mouth and throat.
    2. The crust symptomatic of this disease.
  1. Slang. A minor unspecified human ailment.
[Middle English pippe, from Middle Dutch, phlegm, pip, from Medieval Latin *pippīta, alteration of Latin pītuīta.]


━━ n. 10; 10個; 10年(間).

blip Show phonetics
noun [C]
1 a small spot of light, sometimes with a short sharp sound, that appears on a radar screen, or a sudden sharp V-shaped bend in a line on a computer screen

2 a temporary change that does not have any special meaning:
Last month's rise in inflation was described by the chancellor as only a blip.

━━ n. (レーダーの)映像; ピッという短い音; 一時的な異常(な動き).

Definition of blip

  • 1an unexpected, minor, and typically temporary deviation from a general trend:the Chancellor dismissed rising inflation as a blip
  • 2a very short high-pitched sound made by an electronic device: computer games can drive you crazy with their blips and bleeps
  • a small flashing point of light on a radar screen representing an object: air traffic controllers watching the blips on their radars

verb (blips, blipping, blipped)

  • 1 [no object] (of an electronic device) make a very short high-pitched sound or succession of sounds: big boxes of esoteric electronics hummed and blipped
  • 2 [with object] open (the throttle of a motor vehicle) momentarily: he straddled the bike and blipped the throttle


late 19th century (denoting a sudden rap or tap): imitative; the noun sense 'unexpected deviation' dates from the 1970s


1. A period of eleven years.
2. An eleventh anniversary.

1. Of or pertaining to a period of eleven years.
2. Occurring every eleven years.

From Latin undecim (eleven), from unus (one) + decem (ten), + -ennary, from annus (year).

"It appears from an undecennary account laid before Parliament." — E. Stiles; 1847.


Pronunciation: /sɪm(p)təˈmatɪk/ 


1Serving as a symptom or sign, especially of something undesirable:these difficulties are symptomatic of fundamental problems
2Exhibiting or involving medical symptoms:patients with symptomatic coeliac diseasesymptomatic patients