2017年5月29日 星期一

mark, marker, biomarker, overdrive, Paintball Marker, starter pistol/ starting pistol

After a tricky few days playing host to Donald J. Trump, the Belgian prime minister may have hoped for a trouble-free few days... But it was not be.

Charles Michel forced to clear schedule and seek medical treatment after he strayed too close to Princess Astrid at start of Brussels 20km run
Hype in Overdrive, N.F.L. Returns to London
The N.F.L., whose efforts to build an international following have been modestly successful, is back in London, with two games this season.

Op-Ed Columnist

Individualism in Overdrive

Putting a starter pistol in your luggage is a gimmick that values personal advantage over the public good.

 A starting pistol or starter pistol is a handgun (typically a specially designed revolver) or electronic toy weapon that is fired to start track and field races, as well as competitive swimming races at some meets. The loud report of the gun going off is a signal to the athletes to begin the event. Usually a cloud of smoke can be seen when shot. Blank shells or caps are used to prevent injury. Starting pistols may be modified versions of standard pistols incapable of firing bullets, most commonly achieved by welding obstacles into the barrel. When electronic timing is used, a sensor is often affixed to the gun, which sends an electronic signal to the timing system upon firing. For deaf competitors or for modern electronic systems, a light may be used instead.

marker, biomarker

The Washington Post declares that "Obama's agenda seeks to foster a redistribution of wealth, with the government working to narrow the growing gap between rich and poor." In order to achieve this though, Obama "laid down controversial markers on almost every major issue facing the country," notes the Los Angeles Times.

Supreme Court Rules Sect Cannot Place Monument
Justices ruled that a religious sect cannot force a city to place its marker beside a Ten Commandments display.

mark (SYMBOL)
noun [C]
1 a symbol which is used for giving information:
I've put a mark on the map where I think we should go for a picnic.
What do those marks in the middle of the road mean?

2 a written or printed symbol:
a question mark
an exclamation mark
punctuation marks

verb [T]
to show where something is by drawing or putting something somewhere:
I've marked the route around the one-way system on the town plan.
I'd like everyone to mark their progress on the chart every week.
X marks the spot where the treasure is buried.
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noun [C]
a sign which shows where something is:
I've put in some markers where I planted the seeds.
She reached the 500-metre marker in record time.

biomarker 生物指標 (marker 指標、信標器)

n. Medicine.
  1. See marker (sense 9).
  2. A specific physical trait used to measure or indicate the effects or progress of a disease or condition: Biomarkers of aging include thinning of the hair and diminished elasticity of the skin.
Researchers are also using M.R.I. scans to look for early brain changes, and testing blood and spinal fluid for amyloid 類澱粉 and other “biomarkers” to see if they can be used to predict Alzheimer’s or find it early.


(pānt'bôl') pronunciation
  1. A game in which players on one team seek to eliminate those on an opposing team by marking them with a water-soluble dye shot in capsules from air guns.
  2. The dye-filled gelatinous capsule shot from guns in this game.

KEE Action Sports Recalls Paintball Marker Due To Injury Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: BT SA-17 Paintball Gun/Marker
Units: About 1,400
Importer: KEE Action Sports LLC, of Sewell, N.J.
Hazard: When users attempt to pierce the CO2 cartridge by closing the lever to the cartridge chamber, the cartridge can fly out of the marker, posing an injury hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.
Description: The marker is made of aluminum and resembles a pistol. It is black with model number BT SA-17 printed on both sides. It uses a horizontally-fed magazine and requires a 12g CO2 cartridge.
Sold at: Paintball fields/arenas, stores and retailers from May 2010 through August 2010 for about $130.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled paintball markers. Consumers can return the markers to KEE or the retailer from which the product was purchased for a free repair or contact KEE for the repair parts and installation instructions.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact KEE Action Sports at (800) 220-3222 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, or visit KEE’s customer service website at www.paintballsolutions.com
BT SA-17 paintball maker with lever to CO2 cartridge chamber open

overdrive  加速檔  OVERDRIVE PROCESSOR 是Intel公司1992年推出的速度加倍處理器


Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvədrʌɪv/
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  • 1a gear in a motor vehicle providing a gear ratio higher than that of direct drive (the usual top gear), so that the engine speed can be reduced at high road speeds to lessen fuel consumption or to allow further acceleration.
  • a mechanism which permits the exceeding of some normal operating level in a piece of equipment, especially the amplifier of an electric guitar.
  • 2 [mass noun] a state of great or excessive activity:the city’s worried public relations group went into overdrive


[with object] (usually as adjective overdriven)
  • 1drive or work to exhaustion:an overdriven mother of ten children
2give (an electric guitar) a distorted sound: pounding drums and overdriven electric guitars