Posted by: retarigan | April 22, 2015

Word Dictionary [220415]


Word of the day: endeavour
Definition: v. & n. tr. (foll. by to infin.) try earnestly.
Synonyms: enterprise, endeavor
Etymology: ME f. put oneself in DEVOIR (more…)

pronunciation: ɪnˈdevə

from Oxford: endeavour

v. & n. (US endeavor)
–v.
1 tr. (foll. by to + infin.) try earnestly.
2 intr. (foll. by after) archaic strive.
–n. (often foll. by at, or to + infin.) an earnest attempt.
Etymology: ME f. put oneself in DEVOIR

from Wordnet: endeavour

n 1: a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); “he had doubts about the whole enterprise” [syn: enterprise, endeavor]
2: earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something: “made an effort to cover all the reading material”; “wished him luck in his endeavor”; “she gave it a good try” [syn: attempt, effort, endeavor, try]
v : attempt by employing effort; “we endeavor to make our customers happy” [syn: endeavor, strive]

Quote of the day: For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work. by Doug Larson

Isabella I of Castile

Isabella I of Castile

Birthday of the day: Isabella I of Castile; Isabella I (Spanish: Isabel I, Ysabel, Galician: Sabela I) (22 April 1451 – 26 November 1504) was Queen of Castile and León. She and her husband Ferdinand II of Aragon brought stability to both kingdoms that became the basis for the unification of Spain. Later the two laid the foundation for the political unification of Spain under their grandson, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.

Joke of the day: A man and his wife were sitting in the living room discussing a ‘Living Will’. The man said ‘Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.’ His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all the beer.

Thought of the day: Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Fact of the day: 238 – Year of the Six Emperors: The Roman Senate outlaws emperor Maximinus Thrax for his bloodthirsty proscriptions in Rome and nominates two of its members, Pupienus and Balbinus, to the throne.

Biography of the day: George Boole; George Boole [bu?l], (November 2, 1815 – December 8, 1864) was a British mathematician and philosopher. As the inventor of Boolean algebra, the basis of all modern computer arithmetic, Boole is regarded in hindsight as one of the founders of the field of computer science, although computers did not exist in his day. Boolean algebra was also used in the development of information retrieval, a major subfield of information science.

Article of the day: SM U-66; SM U-66 was the lead ship of the Type U-66 U-boats (submarines) for the German Imperial Navy during World War I. The submarine had been laid down in November 1913 by Germaniawerft of Kiel for the Austro-Hungarian Navy, who then sold the entire class to the German Imperial Navy after the outbreak of war appeared to make delivery to the Adriatic impossible. Redesigned and reconstructed to German specifications, U-66 was launch in April 1915 and commission in July. The boat was long and was armed with five torpedo tubes and a deck gun. As a part of the Baltic and 4th Flotillas, U-66 sank 24 ships with a combined gross register tonnage of 69,967 in six war patrols. After reporting her position in the North Sea on 3 September 1917, neither the U-boat nor any of her 40-man crew were ever heard from again. A postwar German study offered no explanation for her loss, although British records suggest that she may have struck a mine in the Dogger Bank area.

Did you know: a) that paraplegic handcyclist Edward Maalouf is the only person to have won medals for Lebanon at the Paralympic Games? b) that the upcoming release Joe Danger: The Movie is a video game that parodies various Hollywood film scenes? c) that Harold Bell co-created Woodsy Owl (pictured), mascot of the United States Forest Service, on the set of the television series Lassie? d) that the Journal of Contemporary Religion, covering new religious movements and trends in mainstream religion, was founded in 1985 as Religion Today, with Peter B. Clarke as its founding editor?

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