Posted by: retarigan | March 25, 2015

Word Dictionary [250315]


Word of the day: sustain
Definition: v.tr. support, bear the weight of, esp. for a long period.
Synonyms: prolong, keep up
Etymology: ME f. AF sustein-, OF so(u)stein- stressed stem of so(u)stenir f. L sustinere sustent- (as SUB-, tenere hold) (more…)

pronunciation: səsˈteɪn
from Oxford: sustain

v.tr.
1 support, bear the weight of, esp. for a long period.
2 give strength to; encourage, support.
3 (of food) give nourishment to.
4 endure, stand; bear up against.
5 undergo or suffer (defeat or injury etc.).
6 (of a court etc.) uphold or decide in favour of (an objection etc.).
7 substantiate or corroborate (a statement or charge).
8 maintain or keep (a sound, effort, etc.) going continuously.
9 continue to represent (a part, character, etc.) adequately.
Derivatives: sustainable adj. sustainedly adv. sustainer n. sustainment n.
Etymology: ME f. AF sustein-, OF so(u)stein- stressed stem of so(u)stenir f. L sustinere sustent- (as SUB-, tenere hold)

from Wordnet: sustain

v 1: lengthen or extend in duration or space; “We sustained the diplomatic negociations as long as possible”; “prolong the treatment of the patient”; “keep up the good work” [syn: prolong, keep up]
2: undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); “She suffered a fracture in the accident”; “He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars”; “She got a bruise on her leg”; “He got his arm broken in the scuffle” [syn: suffer, have, get]
3: provide with nourishment; “We sustained ourselves on bread and water”; “This kind of food is not nourishing for young children” [syn: nourish, nurture]
4: supply with necessities and support: “She alone sustained her family”; “The money will sustain our good cause”; “There’s little to earn and many to keep” [syn: keep, maintain]
5: be the physical support of; carry the weight of; “The beam holds up the roof”; “He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam”; “What’s holding that mirror?” [syn: hold, support, hold up]
6: admit as valid; “The court sustained the motion”
7: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; “his story confirmed my doubts”; “The evidence supports the defendant” [syn: confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, affirm] [ant: negate]

from Wikipedia: sustain; thumb|213px|Schematic of ADSRIn music, sustain is a parameter of musical sound over time. As its name implies, it denotes the period of time during which the sound remains before it becomes inaudible, or silent.Additionally, sustain is the third of the four segments in an ADSR envelope. The sustain portion of the ADSR envelope begins when the attack and decay portions have run their course, and continues until the key is released. The sustain control is used to determine the level at which the envelope will remain. While the attack, decay, and release controls are rate or time controls, the sustain control is a level control.

Quote of the day: A man reservesreserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrifiedelectrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsydrowsy. by George Jean Nathan

Conradin

Conradin

Birthday of the day: Conradin; Conrad (25 March 1252 – 29 October 1268), called the Younger or the Boy, but usually known by the diminutive Conradin (German: Konradin, Italian: Corradino), was the Duke of Swabia (1254–1268, as Conrad IV), King of Jerusalem (1254–1268, as Conrad III), and King of Sicily (1254–1258, de jure until 1268, as Conrad II).

Joke of the day: One day a boy asked his grandpa ‘grandpa make a frog sound’ The grandfather asked why? The boy said, ‘Grandma says when you croak we are going to Hawaii’

Thought of the day: The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.

Fact of the day: 421 – Venice is founded at twelve o\’clock noon, according to legend.

Biography of the day: Shelby Foote; Shelby Foote (17 Nov. 1916-27 June 2005), writer and historian, was born in Greenville, Mississippi, to Shelby Dade Foote and Lillian Rosenstock. His father, an executive with the meatpacking firm Armour and Company, came from an old and distinguished Mississippi family. The Footes lived in Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi, as well as towns in Alabama and Florida, during Shelby’s early childhood. After his father’s death in 1922, Shelby and his mother returned to Greenville.

Article of the day: Nauru reed warbler; The Nauru reed warbler (Acrocephalus rehsei) is the only passerine land-bird that breeds on the island of Nauru in the Pacific Ocean. It is related to other Micronesian reed warblers, all of which evolved from one of several radiations of the genus across the Pacific. Related warblers on nearby islands include the Carolinian reed warbler, with which the Nauru species was initially confused, and the nightingale reed warbler. A medium-sized warbler, the Nauru reed warbler has dark brown upperparts, cream underparts and a long, thin beak. It makes a low, cup-shaped nest into which it lays two or three white eggs, and it feeds on insects. It is found throughout Nauru, whose environment has changed substantially in recent decades due to phosphate mining. The Nauru reed warbler is potentially threatened by introduced predators and habitat loss, and its small range leaves the species vulnerable to diseases and tropical cyclones. Reports of a similar warbler from nearby islands suggest that the Nauru reed warbler may have been eradicated from those islands by introduced cats.

Did you know: a) that besides utility poles (example pictured), anonymous knitters from Knitta have also left their tags on the Great Wall of China and the Notre Dame de Paris? b) that Joe Oeschger co-owns the Major League Baseball record for most innings pitched in a single game with 26? c) that Albert Teveodjre once had a monopoly on journalism in Dahomey? d) that during the Boonah crisis in October 1918, 31 people died of the Spanish flu aboard the Australian troopship the HMAT Boonah (pictured)?

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