In the winter the landscape is bleak and the house is drafty.
The feeling of failure settled into her bleak thoughts.
The surrounding country is bleak, and the coast is low.
The landscape around them was bleak, almost as devoid of plant life as the white sands had been.
Most of the hills are covered with trees, but the Eifel (q.v.) is a barren and bleak plateau.
on the bleak northward slope of the Chiltern Hills.
The bleak and desolate heights of the Serra da Estrella and the ranges of the northern frontier are almost alpine in character, although they nowhere reach the limit of perpetual snow.
The more southerly, which is much the larger of the two portions, belongs to the bleak, mountainous region of the Frankenwald and the Vogtland, while the northern portion is hilly, but fertile.
The fact that Mrs. Worthington's sister was playing tourist on the road for at least the next two weeks made prospects bleak for catching up with Martha's bones, at least in the near future.
In very dry and bleak localities, the Scotch fir will probably be more successful up to 900 ft.
They form an interesting and bleak moorland between Cookstown and Omagh, extending north-eastward into Slieve Gallion in county Londonderry, and consist fundamentally of mica-schist and gneiss, affected by earth-pressures, and invaded by granite near Lough Fee.
At higher altitudes long, cold, wet winters are experienced, with so short and cold a summer between them that the bleak paramos are left uninhabited except by a few shepherds in the short dry season.
The surrounding district is open and somewhat bleak, but a fine stretch of sand fringes the shallow inlet of the North Sea known as Aldeburgh Bay.
BARNSLEY (BLACK, or properly Bleak Barnsley), a market town and municipal borough in the Barnsley parliamentary division of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, 15 m.
But even with those bleak thoughts swirling in her head, she felt herself slide under his spell once again.
Excepting on the west coasts of the larger islands, which present rugged cliff scenery remarkable both for beauty and for colouring, the group lies somewhat low and is of bleak aspect, owing to the absence of trees.
On the southern it mostly consists of lofty, bleak moorland, affording subsistence for sheep and cattle, and rugged glens and ravines, while on the northern there are many stretches of fertile soil, especially in the valleys and dales, and the landscape is often romantic and beautiful.
The soil consists almost entirely of sand and gravel, and is covered with bleak moorland, patches of wood, and fen.
Do not expect this to be a uniformly reassuring journey; it may be more of a roller-coaster ride with some rather bleak descents.
The plateau is bleak and inhospitable in the north, barren and arid toward the south, containing great saline depressions covered with water in the rainy season, and broken by ridges and peaks, the highest being the Cerro de Tahua, 17,454 ft.
Low temperatures are prevalent throughout these western regions, whose bleak desolation is unrelieved by the existence of trees or vegetation of any size, and where the wind sweeps unchecked across vast expanses of arid plain.
Dickens' residence was called Fort House, but it became known as Bleak House, through association with his novel of that name, though this was written after his last visit to Broadstairs in 1851.
Two days after this they sighted land to the right hand, and came to a cape, where they found the keel of a ship - perhaps a relic of some earlier, possibly Scandinavian explorer - and which they called therefore Kialames (Keelness; Cape Breton, or some adjacent point?); the long bleak sandy shores of this coast they called the Wonderstrands (on the east coast of Cape Breton Island?).
The principal copper-bearing districts are Chimbote, Cajamarca, Huancayo, Huaraz, Huallanca, Junin, Huancavelica, Ica, Arequipa, Andahuaylas and Cuzco - chiefly situated in the high, bleak regions of the Andes.
Cape Ann was too bleak, but Naumkeag was a "pleasant and fruitful neck of land," which they named Salem in June 1629, probably in allusion to Psalm lxxvi.
"Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert."
It is questionable whether it is not better, in cold soils and bleak situations, to abandon outdoor peach culture, and to cover the walls with a casing of glass, so that the trees may be under shelter during the uncongenial spring weather.
Trees and shrubs in thick plantations, or in sheltered warm places, are ill fitted for planting in bleak and cold situations.
Colombia also possesses many species of the beautiful little humming-bird, among which are the tiny Steganura Underwoodi and the sword-bill, Docimastes ensiferus, which were found by Mr Albert Millican on a bleak paramo 12,000 ft.
It's got a pretty bleak outlook on old age.
from the shore are the bleak and nearly barren Isles of Shoals, nine in number, a part of which belong to New Hampshire and a part to Maine.
The bleak districts of Siguenza and Soria, round the headwaters of the Douro, separate the mountains of the so-called Iberian system on the north-east of the table-land from the eastern portion of the central mountain chains of the peninsula.
The plains of the Deccan and Khandesh are watered by large rivers, but as the rainfall is uncertain, they are generally, during the greater part of the year, bleak and devoid of vegetation.
Long sweeps of grassy upland bestrewn with boulders lead from the stream beds up to the snowfields, yellow, grey or vivid green, according to the season and the measure of sunlight, fold upon fold in interminable succession, their bleak monotony being only relieved by the grace of flowers for a short space during the summer months.
Above these are cool, temperate slopes and valleys, and high above these, bleak, wind-swept passes and snowclad peaks.
formed part of the ancient kingdom of Bolor, itself a survival of the yet more ancient empire of the Yue-chi, Tokharistan; and across it, in spite of its bleak inhospitality, there have been one or two recognized trade routes from east to west throughout all ages.
Shaw believed it to be some kind of Cyprinoid fish, similar to the bleak, whilst E.
Here, though the place was bleak and lonely, he might have been happy enough, and he actually employed himself in writing the greater part of his Confessions.
Five well-contrasted types of scenery in Derbyshire are clearly traceable to as many varieties of rock; the bleak dry uplands of the north and east, with deep-cut ravines and swift clear streams, are due to the great mass of Mountain Limestone; round the limestone boundary are the valleys with soft outlines in the Pendleside Shales; these are succeeded by the rugged moorlands, covered with heather and peat, which are due to the Millstone Grit series; eastward lies the Derbyshire Coalfield with its gently moulded grasscovered hills; southward is the more level tract of red Triassic rocks.
Most of the inland scenery is bleak and dreary, consisting of treeless and barren tracts of peat and boulders.
Most of these main streams flow through profound gorges in a tropical climate, while the upper slopes yield products of the temperate zone, and the plateaus above are cold and bleak, affording only pasture and the hardiest cereals.
In South America, at least four species are found in Chile or the La Plata region, and one, Conurus patagonus, is pretty common on the bleak coast of the Strait of Magellan.
This arid, bleak area is apparently a continuation southward of the great Bolivian altaplanicie, and is known as the Puna de Atacama.
Farther up, on the cold, bleak paramos, only stunted and hardy trees are to be found.
Its surroundings are bleak and sterile and its waters brackish and polluted with the drainage of the neighbouring city for nearly four centuries.
up to the snow limit (about 17,500 ft.), and covers a bleak, inhospitable territory, inhabited only by shepherds and miners.
The district from the south-east of Lake Fucino to the Piano di Cinque Miglia, enclosing the upper basin of the Sangro and the small lake of Scanno, is the coldest and most bleak part of Italy south of the Alps.
There, before the colonists came, wide sweeps of dull green bracken or wiry yellow-green tussocks seemed bleak and monotonous enough.
The bleak upland country retains its ancient name of Macclesfield Forest.
It runs a remarkably straight course westward through a narrow trough from Daolatyar to Obeh, amidst the bleak wind-swept uplands of the highest central elevations in Afghanistan.
It is found in European streams, and is caught by anglers, being also a favourite in aquariums. The well-known and important industry of "Essence Orientale" and artificial pearls, carried on in France and Germany with the crystalline silvery colouring matter of the bleak, was introduced from China about the middle of the 17th century.
His future, as it was, seemed pretty bleak.
The hand of man is visible in this somewhat bleak park.
bleak in the winter.
The bleak climate, however, the solitude, and the necessity of managing a household with a single servant, were excessively trying to a delicate woman, though Mrs Carlyle concealed from her husband the extent of her sacrifices.
The climate, therefore, in parts is exceedingly cold and bleak in winter, and as it is very wind-swept and parched in summer by the terrible qibli or "sirocco" it is much less attractive in appearance than the favoured region on the northern littoral.
The lowest lands are the most productive, and fertility diminishes as we ascend towards the south, until on the bleak crest of the Erzgebirge cultivation ceases altogether.
ISERLOHN, a town in the Prussian province of Westphalia, on the Baar, in a bleak and hilly region, 17 m.
It lies in the uppermost part of the valley of the South Tyne, among the high bleak moors of the Pennines.
For descriptions of other Cyprinids than the carp, see Goldfish, Barbel, Gudgeon, Rudd, Roach, Chub, Dace, Minnow, Tench, Bream, Bleak, Bitterling, Mahseer.
The island is mountainous throughout, the low granite ridges, parted by bleak, tortuous valleys, leaving in some places a narrow strip of level coast-land, and in others overhanging the sea in lofty precipices.
CLAUSTHAL, or Klausthal, a town of Germany, in the Prussian Harz, lying on a bleak plateau, 1860 ft.
They fought out the old tribal rivalries of Arabia on the banks of the Guadalquivir and on the Vega of Granada: They planted the Berber down on the bleak, illwatered, and wind-swept central plateau.
The forest and river scenery of the neighbourhood of Stettin is picturesque, but the low level and swampy nature of the soil render the climate bleak and unhealthy.
elevation, which include some of the most fertile and productive areas in Colombia; the temperate districts between 7500 and 10,000 ft., the cold, bleak and inhospitable paramos between 10,000 and 15,000 ft., and above these the arctic wastes of ice and snow.
On the uplands, however, the air is cool and bracing in summer, and in winter very bleak.
It readily crosses with the white bream, and more rarely with the roach and bleak.
They have restored biodiversity at the former open cast coal mine at Bleak House.
bleak wasteland - and politely declined.
It has to be said that at times the outlook appears bleak.
With Barnardo's help, an unhappy childhood need not lead to a bleak future.
german expressionism doesn't come more bleak than this.
The audience enters to find bleak wire mesh framing a space which is bare apart from two wooden pallets.
Why does the future of the sugar industry seem bleak?
The month then turned particularly bleak with many cold nights and a northerly airstream.
The best known literary example is ' Jo the crossing sweeper ' in Charles Dickens ' Bleak House.
two-sided affair and the bleak surroundings hardly seemed to lift the spirits of either side.
unhappy childhood need not lead to a bleak future.
There are also some extraordinarily tense, suggestive set-pieces, especially in the bleak final half-hour, and much wry comedy.
BLEAK, or Blick (Alburnus lucidus), a small fish of the Cyprinid family, allied to the bream and the minnow, but with a more elongate body, resembling a sardine.
In places suited to its growth it seems to flourish nearly as well as in the woods of Norway or Switzerland; but as it needs for its successful cultivation as a timber tree soils that might be turned to agricultural account, it is not so well adapted for economic planting in Britain as the Scotch fir or larch, which come to perfection in more bleak and elevated regions, and on comparatively barren ground, though it may perhaps be grown to advantage on some moist hill-sides and mountain hollows.
VIBORG, a town of Denmark, capital of the amt (county) of its name, lying in the bleak midland district of Jutland, though the immediate situation, on the small Viborg lake, is picturesque.
Enter, stage right, Mitch Hedberg, a stand-up comedian whose delivery was a bleak stream-of-consciousness rant.
Maybury 's inclusion of an unlikely romantic subplot, however, lends ambiguity to an otherwise bleak story.
The future survival of this subspecies of tiger looks very bleak, indeed many conservationists believe it 's fate is already sealed.
Boro 's ground is a slightly barren two-sided affair and the bleak surroundings hardly seemed to lift the spirits of either side.
Such truths present a bleak reality for parents wishing to enroll their children in certain preschool programs that require potty training.
Whether they're tossed on a couch, chair, bed, or even the floor, they add comfort and a sense of hominess to even the most bleak décor schemes.
Seek the comfort of others who are experiencing their bleak outlook on life.
Reports that were obviously wrong, though the prognosis for Swayze still looks a bit bleak.
Well, it seems that celebrities can rest easy because no matter how bleak things get with the economy, job loss and foreclosures, people still set aside some of their hard earned money for entertainment.
Hardy shrubs of the Pea, order, thriving in ordinary garden soil, but requiring a sheltered situation in bleak localities.
If your landscape looks bleak during the winter months, consider adding a few winter blooming plants to perk things up.
If your landscape is gray and bleak during the winter, consider planting one or several of the following trees to add a splash of color during the coolest months of the year.
With a bit of research and patience, your green thumb can shine, even in the normally bleak winter landscape.
Not quite the bleak picture you might have been expecting, is it?
Lathering up your skin with a horde of toxic chemicals and waiting out that bleak half hour so your hair can burn itself below the skin is hardly a fun festival.
That doesn't mean your future finances are going to be bleak.
If you've never created a spending and saving plan before, the reality of your financial situation can sometimes look bleak.
Can Marty and Todd overcome their bleak and tumultuous pasts?
Unfortunately, many processed foods contain high levels of sodium, making the prospect of keeping intake under control bleak for those who eat these foods.
The future of twenty minutes from now was bleak and dystopian, with greedy corporations setting the agenda and the common people having very little privacy or say in matters.
Set in a futuristic multi-ethnic Los Angeles, dominated by Times-Square-like electronic billboards, it is at once both glittering and bleak.
He chooses the red pill and discovers a bleak and barren earth controlled entirely by the machines that rebelled and enslaved humanity.
Surrounded by dementors, hooded guards from the wizard prison, Azkaban, Hogwarts has never seemed so bleak.
She felt the sudden urge to run again, as far as she could from her past, Talia's death, the bleak future of the White God and his Guardians.
This green surrounding of the village forms a pleasing contrast to this otherwise bleak, barren, heathy district.
Who, either in Dickens ' novels or in Bleak House had a red birthmark?
Having stated that this is a more positive album for him, the lyrics are uniformly bleak.
The overall picture is therefore rather bleak for the American armed forces.
Lysistrata was produced in 411 BC - when Athens ' situation looked utterly bleak.
It was looking fairly bleak, with a deep covering of fresh new snow covering the boulders.
Your Price Furniture Is your garden looking a bit bleak and uninviting?
bleak economic outlook is the result of BNFL's loss of income from domestic reprocessing work.
Things are looking bleak for God's people who are seeking to be faithful.
Meanwhile, life in occupied country C remains bleak.
The settings of the film are dark, but never to the point where they become bleak.
The island sounds bleak, windy and unattractive, but after months on Gallipoli it must have seemed like paradise.
Contents Winter Clouded with snow The bleak winds blow, And shrill on leafless bough The robin with its burning breast Alone sings now.
The specter, after listening for a moment, joined in the mournful dirge; and floated out upon the bleak, dark night.
It's a bleak and satisfying film with an immensely engaging tarnished hero in Auteuil.
Food is scarse, and the music is almost formless with a bleak sadness.
Although criticized at the time for being too garish, it's a far cry from the bleak functionality of today's Budapest malls.
The aspect of the surrounding country is bleak and barren, consisting of hills above hills clothed with scanty herbage or heather.
Now it has all returned to bleak high-density housing.
I've done most Med countries so getting many lifers was looking bleak.
Heaney may be using it comically - it comes from the bleak opening of T.S. Eliot's modernist poetic manifesto, The Waste Land.
Feeling included and bonded to your group is crucial in the bleak midwinter.
It is an area of stark beauty and a must for walkers who enjoy more of a challenge across the bleak moors.
We'd made such good time we pressed on just to get to " the Lion " high up on the bleak moorland.
But, after three years Initiative at the Edge support, the bleak outlook has swung bright.
Within the next two months a bleak island outpost will finally utilize the power of the Atlantic ocean on a commercial scale.
These hills are mostly bleak and barren, affording scanty pasture to large numbers of sheep.
This call for strike action can only be negatively perceived, given the increasingly bleak climate of uncertainty with regard to the international situation.
plaza in front of the building is not just a bleak empty space, but very subtly combines different levels.
Forbidding... bleak entrance of tough Lincoln Prison where Lord Archer was sent And he had NOT been given permission to attend the shindig.
stream of consciousnessitch Hedberg, a stand-up comedian whose delivery was a bleak stream-of-consciousness rant.
Maybury's inclusion of an unlikely romantic subplot, however, lends ambiguity to an otherwise bleak story.
subspecies of tiger looks very bleak, indeed many conservationists believe it's fate is already sealed.
bleak mid-winter 's day.
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