While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft.
Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted,
"Are there any gators around here?!"
"Naw," the man hollered back, "they ain"t been around for years!"
Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.
About halfway there he asked the guy,
"How"d you get rid of the gators?"
"We didn"t do nothin"," the beachcomber said. "The sharks got "em."
n.pl. (also treated as sing.) Infectious viral disease marked by a red rash. [low german masele or dutch masel]
—n. - size or quantity found by measuring.
- system or unit of measuring (liquid measure; 20 measures of wheat).
- rod, tape, vessel, etc. For measuring.
- (often foll. By of) degree, extent, or amount (a measure of wit).
- factor determining evaluation etc. (sales are the measure of popularity).
- (usu. In pl.) Suitable action to achieve some end.
- legislative bill, act, etc.
- prescribed extent or quantity.
- poetic metre. 10 mineral stratum (coal measures). —v. (-ring) 1 ascertain the extent or quantity of (a thing) by comparison with a known standard.
- be of a specified size.
- ascertain the size of (a person) for clothes.
- estimate (a quality etc.) By some criterion.
- (often foll. By off) mark (a line etc. Of a given length).
- (foll. By out) distribute in measured quantities.
- (foll. By with, against) bring (oneself or one's strength etc.) Into competition with. beyond measure excessively. For good measure as a finishing touch. In some measure partly. Measure up 1 take the measurements (of).
- (often foll.
v. (-ting) 1 (often foll. By between) intervene (between disputants) to settle a quarrel etc.
- bring about (a result) thus. mediation n. Mediator n. [latin medius middle]
certificate n. Certificate of fitness or unfitness for work etc.
- examination n. Examination to determine a person's physical fitness.
- officer n. Person in charge of the health services of a local authority etc.
- practitioner n. Physician or surgeon.
- —adj. Of medicine in general or as distinct from surgery (medical ward). —n. Colloq. Medical examination. medically adv.
n. - inner part of certain organs etc., e.g. The kidney.
- soft internal tissue of plants. medullary adj. [latin]
- oblongata n. Lowest part of the brainstem, formed from a continuation of the spinal cord.
Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.