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chirping

chirping  n.— «There has always been banter—”chirping” as they call it—on the cricket field, but the past decade has seen it elevated to a calculated science as, for example, Steve Waugh and his side pursued what the Australian...

submarine patent

submarine patent  n.— «Occasionally, patents take a decade or two to be granted because they are held up in appeals and amendments in the Patent Office. When this happens under the existing system, an inventor can obtain a 17-year monopoly...

global dimming

global dimming  n.— «Over the last four decades, scientists have observed a 1.3% per decade decline in the amount of sun reaching the Earth’s surface. This phenomenon, coined “solar dimming” or “global dimming,” is...

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