Tuesday, June 06, 2006

ENG words

bedizen \bih-DYE-zen\ verb
: to dress or adorn gaudily
  • adorn v. 裝飾
  • gaudily adv. 華麗而俗氣地
Example sentence:
"Adorned by minarets and spires and bedizened by more than a million lights, Coney Island embodied what has been called the 'architecture of exhilaration.'" (Blaine Harden, New York Times, August 28, 1999)
  • minaret n. 清真寺的尖塔
  • spire n. 尖頂
  • embody v. 體現
  • exhilaration n. 愉快的心情、高興
foodie \FOO-dee\ noun
: a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads
  • avid adj. 渴望的、貪心的
  • fad n. 一時的流行、一時的風尚
Example sentence:
A serious foodie, Beryl reads cookbooks like novels and scours specialty shops in search of exotic ingredients.
  • scour v. 走遍(某地)搜索(+ for)
  • ingredient n. 烹調的原料
sabot \sa-BOH\ noun
1.木鞋 2.砲彈軟殼 3.置牌盒
1 *a : a wooden shoe worn in various European countries b (1) : a strap across the instep in a shoe especially of the sandal type (2) : a shoe having a sabot strap
  • strap n. (鞋)帶子
  • instep n. 腳背
2 : a thrust-transmitting carrier that positions a missile in a gun barrel or launching tube and that prevents the escape of gas ahead of the missile
3 : a dealing box designed to hold several decks of playing cards

Example sentence:
"All her kind, at least in the countryside, wore... sabots, well past the century's end." (Eugen Weber, France, Fin de Siècle)
expiate \EK-spee-ayt\ verb
1 : to extinguish the guilt incurred by
*2 : to make amends for
intransitive : to make expiation
  • expiation n. 補償
Example sentence:
"It seemed to me that I was hurried on by an inevitable and unseen fate to this day of misery, and that now I was to expiate all my offences at the gallows...." (Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders)

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