By HENRY FOUNTAIN and MATTHEW L. WALD
Officials said Wednesday that new plans involving work on a safety device called a blowout preventer could move them closer to halting the oil spill.
More people are choosing to celebrate their big birthdays and anniversaries far from home, inviting all their friends along for a blowout trip. Here’s how to plan your own celebration vacation
Mr. Pleasant was one of the supervisors responsible for the blowout preventer.
Germany's Federation of Expellees has announced it will not nominate its president, Erika Steinbach, for a seat on the board of a public museum commemorating the millions of ethnic Germans who fled Eastern Europe at the end of World War II. The federation said it had accepted an offer from Steinbach to forego nomination and leave the post unfilled instead. Steinbach, who is also a conservative MP with the Christian Democratic Union, was slated for nomination in mid-February.
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The purpose of a green slat was to indicate that the ratio of seawater to refined sugar was below 3.5. A red slat indicated the opposite. ...
The videogame sector capped a strong year with a blowout month helped by a slate of popular titles and continued demand for Nintendo's Wii console.
a thin narrow piece of wood, plastic or metal used to make floors, furniture, window coverings, etc:
The base of the bed was made of slats.
slat・ted ━━ a. 細長い薄板で作られた.
1 a small usually protective lid or cover:
The camera has a lens cap to protect the lens surface.
2 an artificial protective covering on a tooth
verb [T] -pp-
The mountain was capped with (= The top of it was covered by) snow.
have your teeth capped (= protected with an artificial covering)
with a top covered in the way mentioned:
a snow-capped mountain
- A sudden rupture or bursting, as of an automobile tire.
- The hole made by such a rupture.
- A sudden escape of a confined gas or liquid, as from a well.
- Slang. A large party or other social affair: “Lunch was a billion-calorie blowout beside the pool” (Vanity Fair).
- Informal. A lopsided victory or thorough defeat.
- A writing tablet made of a similar material.
slate (CHOOSE) Show phonetics
verb [T] US
to be expected to happen in the future or to be expected to be or do something in the future:
[+ to infinitive] Geoff is slated to be the next captain of the football team.
The election is slated for (= the chosen day is) next Thursday.
slate Show phonetics
noun [C] US
the group of people who are chosen by a particular party to take part in an election:
The senator has not got a full slate of delegates in New York.
clean the slate / wipe the slate clean （公約・義務などを）一切ご破算にする, 過去を水に流す.
put … on the slate 〔話〕 貸しとして記入する.
slate club 〔英話〕 貯蓄組合.
slate pencil 石筆.
slat・er ━━ n. スレートふき職人.
clean slate 立派な記録［経歴］.
（空気・水の）奔出, 破裂（孔）, パンク; （ヒューズが）飛ぶこと; 〔俗〕 どんちゃん騒ぎ.