a situation in which no progress can be made
Eager to break a painful near-
stalemate that has settled over the war since late last summer, they opened a front here on the arid flatlands east of the Aleppo-Damascus highway.
use up, as resources or materials
In this way, they might
deplete the ammunition and other supplies of army outposts in Idlib and Hama — sources of much of the shelling of civilian neighborhoods — so that the outposts could be defeated piecemeal.
pertaining to detailed maneuvers to achieve objectives
After the Syrian Army was deployed into the cities in 2011, these villages assumed a
station in a fort
A formerly quiet patch of not especially fertile farmland was now a buffer that insulated Hama, where the army is thickly
garrisoned, and the eastern side of the Aleppo-Damascus highway, one of the military’s logistical lifelines.
serving as a visible symbol for something abstract
When Steve Bolyard checked out a report of black paint on some of the park’s majestic saguaros — cactuses whose towering bodies and upraised arms are as
emblematic of the American West as red-rock buttes and skittering tumbleweeds — he did not expect to see ganglike calligraphy covering more of them than he could easily count.
It was the latest example of a trend that has been
unnerving park officials from Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to Arches in Utah and Joshua Tree in California.
a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
Mr. Ganey pleaded guilty to a felony and is paying
restitution of $10,100 in monthly installments of $105.
prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom
Followers and friends called Mr. Campbell hilarious, profound, inspiring and
apocalyptic, a guitar-picking, down-home country boy who made moonshine and stomped around his Tennessee cabin in cowboy boots and denim uttering streams of sacred and profane commentary that found their way into books, articles, lectures and sermons.
cannot be removed or erased
“Brother Will, as he was called by so many of us who knew him, made his own
indelible mark as a minister and social activist in service to marginalized people of every race, creed and calling,” former President Jimmy Carter said.
a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
As a race-relations troubleshooter for the National Council of Churches from 1956 to 1963, he joined the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, James Farmer, Bayard Rustin, John Lewis and other civil rights
luminaries in historic confrontations across the South.