One day an unknown youth asked Mozart to explain to him how to start to compose a symphony.
- You are young, - answered Mozart. In the beginning write a ballade, and if you like it, come to me.
- But you! At the age of ten you have composed a lot of music.
- But I did not ask anybody how to do it.
n. - condensed water vapour forming on cool surfaces at night.
- similar glistening moisture. dewy adj. (-ier, -iest). [old english]
- point n. Temperature at which dew forms.
abbr. Distinguished flying cross.
abbr. Distinguished flying medal.
- prefix (also di- before a vowel) 1 through (diaphanous).
- apart (diacritical).
- across (diameter). [greek dia through]
past of *do1.
v. (dies, died, dying) 1 cease to live; expire, lose vital force.
- a come to an end, fade away (his interest died). B cease to function. C (of a flame) go out.
- (foll. By on) die or cease to function while in the presence or charge of (a person).
- (usu. Foll. By of, from, with) be exhausted or tormented (nearly died of boredom). be dying (foll. By for, or to + infin.) Wish for longingly or intently (was dying for a drink). Die away fade to the point of extinction. Die back (of a plant) decay from the tip towards the root. Die down become fainter or weaker. Die hard die reluctantly (old habits die hard). Die off die one after another. Die out become extinct, cease to exist. [old norse]
- n. - = *dice 1b.
- (pl. Dies) a engraved device for stamping coins, medals, etc. B device for stamping, cutting, or moulding material. the die is cast an irrevocable step has been taken. [latin datum from do give]
prefix = *dis-.
—v. (-gg-; past and past part. Dug) 1 (also absol.) Break up and remove or turn over (ground etc.).
- (foll. By up) break up the soil of (fallow land).
- make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) By digging.
- (often foll. By up, out) a obtain by digging. B (foll. By up, out) find or discover. C (foll. By into) search for information in (a book etc.).