【例124】 Towards evening, the attack of the French slackened in its fury. They had other foes besides the British to engage, or were preparing for a final onset.
【例125】 The remembrance rankles still in the bosoms of millions of the countrymen. They pant for an opportunity of revenging that humiliation.
【例126】 The coup d'etat of Thermidor was staged on July 27, 1704. Robespierre and his supporters were overthrown and the Committee of Public Safety was ended.
【例127】 What is little understood by the outside world is that this is a failure legislated for. It is a failure which has been carefully designed.
【例128】 American prisoners are permitted to receive Red Cross food parcels.
【例129】 When (it is) seen through a telescope, the sun appears darker near the edge.
【例130】 One must admit that a good deal of discontent is reflected in those statistics.
【例131】 A surprising amount of one's time as a student or professional is spent reporting the results of one's research projects for presentation to teachers, managers, and clients.
【例132】 The old woman's body was found at the end of the alley.
【例133】 In the move most of the furniture was left to the neighbors or distributed among friends.
【例134】 Rather than evaluating programs in terms of how happy they make people, how satisfied those people become, programs must be evaluated in terms of the quality of the discontent they engender.
【例135】 The economic freedom was provided by breaking up large concentration of power.
【例136】 These brokers are paid commissions by the buyers and the sellers for executing the orders.
【例137】 Some are deceived into thinking that people like to store up energy, to rest and save themselves as much as possible.
【例138】 When the ideas of a scientist are expressed in simple mathematical form, new relationships and new channels of investigation often suggest themselves.
【例139】 A ten percent reduction in auto accidents has been realized by exercising a tighter control on the highway speed limit.
【例140】 The behavior of a fluid flowing through a pipe is affected by a number of factors.
1. A group of sharks were spotted off the coast earlier this month.
2. The famous hotel had been practically destroyed by the big fire.
3. The sense of inferiority that he acquired in his youth has never been totally eradicated.
4. Over the years 26 amendments have been added to the Constitution, but the basic document has not been changed.
5. While there are literally thousands of stocks, the ones bought and sold most actively are usually listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
6. I was feeling far from well, as a heavy cold and sore throat were reinforced by the consequences of inoculation against typhoid fever.
7. Spare-time learners are usually the best learners. Their rate of learning is helped by the fact that they want to learn and consequently try to learn.
8. Most people, when they are left free to fill their own time according to their own choice, are at a loss to think of anything sufficiently pleasant to be worth doing.
The fact that you can look up words in a dictionary can be traced to a man named Noah Webster（诺•韦伯斯特）. He produced the first dictionary of American English.
Noah Webster was a person who loved words. He was born in West Hartford（西哈特福德）, Connecticut, in 1758. Webster studied at Yale and later became a teacher and a writer.
In 1782 Webster was teaching at an elementary school in Goshen（戈申）, New York. He saw that the school-books he was using had left out something he felt was important. The books Webster had to use in his teaching came from England. These books were just fine for teaching English children. But they paid no attention to American culture. Remember, the United States had only just won its independence from England. Americans still educated their children the same way the British did. Noah Webster wanted to give his students an education that was strongly American.
To do this, in 1783 he published a spelling book for schoolchildren. Its full title was The American Spelling Book. The spelling guide became very popular. Over the years, it sold more than a hundred million copies. Copies were still being sold during much of the 1900s.
The spelling book gave Webster the idea for a dictionary of American word usage. Webster published his first dictionary in 1806. It was called the Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. Webster wanted this book to help set rules of American spelling. It contained only about a thousand words.
In writing his first dictionary, Webster was preparing for something grander. In 1807 he began work on An American Dictionary of the English Language. Webster was seventy years old when he published the first edition of this important work in 1928. (289 words)