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  • adv. In a patchy manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in spots


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  • The stress on community policing seems the right one – though patchily enforced.

    Police reform holds big risks for coalition

  • His point in the patchily interesting "The Mathematics of Life" is not that biologists have suddenly noted that mathematics is pretty useful in doing science.

    New Angles on Biology

  • Partly a prequel to Fear And Loathing …, mostly Depp's fan letter to Hunter S Thompson, this is a patchily enjoyable yarn based on Thompson's time as a rookie writer in Puerto Rico.

    This week's new films

  • More patchily, the regulatory environment facing international business also improved.

    The Case For Investing In Africa

  • The Talamanca ecoregion presently retains almost 75 percent of its original forest cover, which is distributed patchily over the isolated highland zones of the Tilaran and Talamanca Ranges.

    Talamancan montane forests

  • Furthermore, exit strategies, even if implemented only patchily across developed economies, mean that some central banks have started raising interest rates, and others will follow suit.

    Manufacturing Slows As Risks Mount

  • The pix all feature the same image of a downcast patchily-bearded Reeves inserted into various scenarios: surrounded by cats, considering a pigeon and (in my favorite) sharing a steel beam with a group of Depression-era construction workers.

    Here comes 'Cheer Up Keanu Day'

  • Once he is sworn in next month, Suriname, a former Dutch colony of patchily populated jungle on the northern tip of South America, will have one of the world's most controversial leaders.

    Suriname president promises not to interfere in his own murder trial

  • No wonder that today, this country of 1.3 billion inhabitants has only four major symphony orchestras and two patchily functioning opera houses, one of them, the NCPA in Beijing the "egg", being more of a walk-through tourist attraction in daytime than a high-profile artistic destination at night.

    Charles Fabius: Beijing Music Festival 2010: China's Future in Performing Arts

  • That lasted 45 minutes--the ground it patchily white and there's a bright red cardinal on the snow outside eating seed put out yesterday.

    From Twitter 02-22-2010


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