One day Holmes and Watson are flying a dirigible balloon. It is foggy around, they have lost their way. Suddenly they see - a shepherd is grazing sheep below. The men are very glad and shout:
- The dear, tell us, please, where we are now?
- You are in the dirigible balloon.
- I understand... - Holmes says. - We are flying over Russia.
- But why? - Watson is surprised.
- It’s elementary, Buddy! Only a programmer could give such an exact and useless answer at the same time. And only in Russia programmers can look after sheep.
—interrog. Adv. - at what time? 2 on what occasion? 3 how soon? —rel. Adv. (prec. By time etc.) At or on which (there are times when i could cry). —conj. - at the or any time that; as soon as (come when you like; come when ready).
- although (why stand when you could sit?).
- after which; and then; but just then (was nearly asleep when the bell rang). —pron. What time?; which time (till when can you stay?; since when it has improved). —n. Time, occasion (fixed the where and when). [old english]
v. (-tt-) 1 sharpen (a tool).
- stimulate (the appetite or a desire etc.). [old english]
int. Expressing surprise, consternation, or relief. [imitative]
n. Watery liquid left when milk forms curds. [old english]
n. Hist. Member of the british reforming and constitutional party succeeded in the 19th c. By the liberal party. whiggery n. Whiggish adj. Whiggism n. [whiggamer, -more, nickname of 17th-c. Scots rebels]
n. - sudden fancy; caprice.
- capriciousness. [origin unknown]
n. (in sing. Or pl.) Gorse. [scandinavian]
hand n. - hand that holds the whip (in riding etc.).
- (usu. Prec. By the) advantage or control in a situation.
- —n. - lash attached to a stick for urging on animals or punishing etc.
- a member of a political party in parliament appointed to control its discipline and tactics. B whips' written notice requesting or requiring attendance for voting at a division etc., variously underlined according to the degree of urgency (three-line whip). C (prec. By the) party discipline and instructions (asked for the labour whip).
- dessert made with whipped cream etc.
- = *whipper-in. —v. (-pp-) 1 beat or urge on with a whip.
- beat (cream or eggs etc.) Into a froth.
- take or move suddenly, unexpectedly, or rapidly (whipped out a knife; whipped behind the door).
- slang steal.
- slang a excel. B defeat.
- bind with spirally wound twine.
- sew with overcast stitches. whip in bring (hounds) together. Whip on urge into action. Whip up excite or stir up. [low german or dutch]
n. Particle; least possible amount (not a whit better). [apparently = *wight]
- sunday n. Seventh sunday after easter, commemorating pentecost.
- —n. = *whitsuntide. —attrib. Adj. Of whitsuntide or whit sunday. [old english, = white]
(also whizz) —n. Sound made by a body moving through the air at great speed. —v. (-zz-) move with or make a whiz. [imitative]