Posted by: retarigan | March 26, 2015

Word Dictionary [260315]

Word of the day: defy
Definition: resist openly; refuse to obey.
Synonyms: withstand, hold, hold up
Etymology: ME f. OF defier f. Rmc (as DIS-, L fidus faithful) (more…)

pronunciation: dɪˈfaɪ
from Oxford: defy (-ies, -ied)
1 resist openly; refuse to obey.
2 (of a thing) present insuperable obstacles to (defies solution).
3 (foll. by to + infin.) challenge (a person) to do or prove something.
4 archaic challenge to combat.
Etymology: ME f. OF defier f. Rmc (as DIS-, L fidus faithful)

from Wordnet: defy
v 1: resist or confront with resistance; “The politician defied public opinion”; “The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear”; “The bridge held” [syn: withstand, hold, hold up]
2: elude, esp. in a baffling way; “This behavior defies explanation” [syn: resist, refuse] [ant: lend oneself]
3: challenge: “I dare you!” [syn: dare]

from Wikipedia: defy; To defy means to challenge or combat.Defy may refer to: Defy Appliances, a South African appliance manufacturer Motorola Defy, an Android-based smartphone from Motorola Defy Thirst, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Quote of the day: A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love. by Henri B. Stendhal

Conrad Gessner

Conrad Gessner

Birthday of the day: Conrad Gessner; Konrad Gessner (Conrad Gessner, Conrad Geßner, Conrad von Gesner, Conradus Gesnerus, Conrad Gesner; 26 March 1516 – 13 December 1565) was a Swiss naturalist and bibliographer. His five-volume Historiae animalium (1551-1558) is considered the beginning of modern zoology, and the flowering plant genus Gesneria (Gesneriaceae) is named after him. This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation Gesner when citing a botanical name.

Joke of the day: A young girl came home from a date looking sad. She told her mother, ‘Charles proposed to me a few minutes ago.’ ‘Then why are you so sad?’ her mother asked. ‘Because he also mentioned he is an atheist. Mom, he doesn’t believe there’s hell!? Her mother replied, ‘Marry him anyway. Between the two of us, we’ll show him how wrong he is.’

Thought of the day: It is not the strongest of the species that survive, but the one most responsive to change.

Fact of the day: 590 – Emperor Maurice proclaims his son Theodosius as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.

Biography of the day: Marcia Davenport; Marcia Davenport (9 June 1903-16 Jan. 1996), author and critic, was born Abigail Glick in New York City to Bernard Glick, an insurance agent, and Reba Fiersohn Glick. Both parents were the children of Jewish ?migr?s from eastern Europe who settled in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. During her early childhood she spent several summers in Italy, France, and Switzerland with her mother, who was studying voice abroad in preparation for a career as a concert singer. Mother and daughter returned to New York in 1909, and later that year Reba Glick, now known as Alma Gluck, made her professional debut in a well-received concert performance at the Metropolitan Opera.

Article of the day: exhumation of Richard III of England; The exhumation of Richard III of England in September 2012 and his reburial in Leicester Cathedral on 26 March 2015 took place over 500 years after his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard was originally buried in Leicester’s Greyfriars Friary, but the site of his grave was forgotten after the friary was demolished and it was generally believed that his bones had been thrown into the nearby River Soar. In September 2012, an archaeological excavation took place at the site of the friary and a skeleton was discovered of a man with a spinal deformity and severe head injuries. He appeared to have been hastily buried without a coffin in a crudely cut grave. Analysis of the bones showed that he had been killed by edged weapons cutting open his skull and piercing his brain. DNA tests and radiocarbon dating confirmed that the skeleton was that of Richard III. Leicester Cathedral was chosen as the site of Richard’s reburial, though some argued that York Minster or Westminster Abbey would be more suitable locations. The reinterment in an ecumenical Christian service at the cathedral, and the unveiling of his tomb, were scheduled for the end of a week’s commemorations.

Did you know: a) that in Francisco Goya’s painting Carlos IV in his Hunting Clothes the artist showed his debt to Titian’s 1533 Charles V by showing a dog sniffing at the royal crotch? b) that pre-colonial sexual customs in the Philippines involved equating the size of a woman’s breasts and the wideness of her hips with the price of the dowry? c) that it is speculated that Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus were commissioned by Constantine I? d) that Lawrence Turner, who presented a Parliamentary petition calling for W. S. Gilbert’s copyright on the libretti of Gilbert and Sullivan operas to be extended indefinitely, was the grandson of comic actor George Grossmith who starred in them?



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