Posted by: retarigan | April 17, 2015

Word Dictionary [170415]

Word of the day: basal
Definition: adj. of, at, or forming a base.
Synonyms: radical, base, basic, primary
Etymology: BASE(1) -AL (more…)

pronunciation: ˈbeɪsl

from Oxford: basal

1 of, at, or forming a base.
2 fundamental.
Phrases and idioms: basal metabolism the chemical processes occurring in an organism at complete rest.
Etymology: BASE(1) + -AL

from Wordnet: basal

adj 1: (botany) especially of leaves; located at the base of a plant or stem; especially arising directly from the root or rootstock or a root-like stem; “basal placentation”; “radical leaves” [syn: radical] [ant: cauline]
2: serving as or forming a base; “the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats” [syn: base]
3: of primary importance; “basic truths” [syn: basic, primary]

from Wikipedia: basal; Basal or basilar is a term meaning base, bottom, or minimum.

Quote of the day: As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit. by Emmanuel Teney

Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria

Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria

Birthday of the day: Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria; Maximilian I, Duke/Elector of Bavaria (17 April 1573 – 27 September 1651), called ‘the Great’, was a Wittelsbach ruler of Bavaria and a prince-elector (Kurfürst) of the Holy Roman Empire. His reign was marked by the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648).

Joke of the day: Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, ‘Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?’ ‘Outstanding,’ Fred replied. ‘They taught us all the latest psychological techniques: visualization, association, etc. It was great.’ ‘That’s great! And what was the name of the clinic?’ Fred went blank. He thought and thought, but couldn’t remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, ‘What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?’ ‘You mean a rose?’ ‘Yes, that’s it!’ He turned to his wife, ‘Rose, what was the name of that memory clinic?’

Thought of the day: The sense of wonder?that is our sixth sense.

Fact of the day: 1080 – The King of Denmark Harald III dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.

Biography of the day: Sanford Berman; Sanford Berman (b. October 6, 1933) is an outspoken, radical librarian (cataloger) known for promoting alternative viewpoints in librarianship and acting as a pro-active information conduit to other librarians around the world, mostly via public speaking, voluminous correspondence, and unsolicited ‘care packages’ delivered via the U.S. Postal Service. Will Manley, columnist for the American Library Association publication American Libraries, referred to Berman as a ‘bibliographic warrior.’ The spark of Berman’s cataloging revolution was the inclusion in Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) of the term kaffir, which he came across while working in Zambia: ‘Berman was told by offended black fellow-workers that calling someone a kafir was similar to being called a nigger in America.’ This motivated him to systematically address subject heading bias in his work at Hennepin County Library and in writing ‘Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People.’

Article of the day: Aldwych tube station; Aldwych tube station is a closed station on the London Underground, in the City of Westminster in central London. The station building, near the junction of Strand and Surrey Street, opened in 1907 as the only other station on the Piccadilly line’s short branch from Holborn. Suffering from low passenger numbers, the station and branch were considered for closure several times. Service was offered only during weekday peak hours from 1962 and finally discontinued altogether in 1994, when the cost of replacing the lifts was considered too high compared to the income generated. Disused parts of the station and the running tunnels were used to shelter artworks from the National Gallery during the First World War, and from the British Museum during the Second World War. The station has long been popular as a filming location, appearing as itself and as other London Underground stations. In recognition of its historical significance, it is a Grade II listed building.

Did you know: a) that Michigan highway M-97 was simultaneously named both Reid Highway and Groesbeck Highway by different levels of government from 1927 until 1949, the year it was dedicated to Alex Groesbeck? b) that about one million animals are used every year in Europe in toxicology testing? c) that the producer of White Zinfandel originally wanted to name the wine after the old rose style Oeil de Perdrix? d) that West Indian cricketer Brian Lara has made the highest individual score and only quadruple century in Test cricket?



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