Tuesday, June 20, 2006

ENG words

noisome \NOY-sum\ adjective
*1 : noxious, harmful
2 a : offensive to the senses and especially to the sense of smell b : highly obnoxious or objectionable
  • obnoxious a. 可憎的、令人非常不愉快的
  • objectionable
    • a. 令人討厭的
    • a. 會引起反對的
Example sentence:
"The streets were narrow and very dirty, the air smoky and noisome, the people mostly wretched." ( Ken Follett, The Man from St. Petersburg)
  • wretched a. 不幸的、可憐的、悲慘的
注意!! noisome 跟 noise 沒有關係~字義中並沒有任何:吵鬧 的意思存在
jinni \JEE-nee\ noun
*1 : one of a class of spirits that according to Muslim demonology inhabit the earth, assume various forms, and exercise supernatural power
2 : a magic spirit believed to take human form and serve the person who calls it : genie
  • genie n. 神怪、神魔
Example sentence:
It's always best to stay on the good side of a jinni, and there are ways to placate a troublesome one.
  • placate vt. 撫慰、和解
deflagrate \DEF-luh-grayt\ verb
*1 : to burn rapidly with intense heat and sparks being given off
2 : to cause to burn in such a manner

Example sentence:
Certain materials, such as black powder, will deflagrate rather than cause a violent explosion when they are ignited.

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