Posted by: retarigan | May 16, 2015

Word Dictionary [160515]

Word of the day: cause
Definition: n. & v. a that which produces an effect, or gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition. b a person or thing that occasions something. c a reason or motive; a ground that may be held to justify something (no cause for complaint).
Synonyms: reason, grounds
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L causa (more…)

pronunciation: kɔ:z

from Oxford: cause

n. & v.
1 a that which produces an effect, or gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition. b a person or thing that occasions something. c a reason or motive; a ground that may be held to justify something (no cause for complaint).
2 a reason adjudged adequate (show cause).
3 a principle, belief, or purpose which is advocated or supported (faithful to the cause).
4 a a matter to be settled at law. b an individual’s case offered at law (plead a cause).
5 the side taken by any party in a dispute.
1 be the cause of, produce, make happen (caused a commotion).
2 (foll. by to + infin.) induce (caused me to smile; caused it to be done).
Phrases and idioms: in the cause of to maintain, defend, or support (in the cause of justice). make common cause with join the side of.
Derivatives: causable adj. causeless adj. causer n.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L causa

from Wordnet: cause

n 1: events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; “they are trying to determine the cause of the crash”
2: a justification for something existing or happening; “he had no cause to complain”; “they had good reason to rejoice” [syn: reason, grounds]
3: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; “he supported populist campaigns”; “they worked in the cause of world peace”; “the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant”; “the movement to end slavery”; “contributed to the war effort” [syn: campaign, crusade, drive, movement, effort]
4: any entity that causes events to happen [syn: causal agent, causal agency]
5: (law) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; “the family brought suit against the landlord” [syn: lawsuit, suit, case, causa]
v 1: give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; “cause a commotion”; “make a stir”; “cause an accident” [syn: do, make]
2: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner: “The ads induced me to buy a VCR”; “My children finally got me to buy a computer”; “My wife made me buy a new sofa” [syn: induce, stimulate, have, get, make]

Quote of the day: All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. by Martin Luther

Albert of Prussia

Albert of Prussia

Birthday of the day: Albert of Prussia; Albert of Prussia (German: Albrecht; Latin: Albertus) (16 May 1490 – 20 March 1568) was the 37th Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights and, after converting to Lutheranism, the first duke of the Duchy of Prussia, which was the first state to adopt the Lutheran faith and Protestantism as the official state religion. Albert proved instrumental in the political spread of Protestantism in its early stage.

Joke of the day: An old man walks into a bar, sits down, and starts crying. The bartender asks, ‘What’s wrong?’ The old man looks at the bartender through teary eyes and between sobs says, ‘I married a beautiful woman two days ago. She’s a natural blonde, twenty-five, intelligent, a marvelous cook, a meticulous housekeeper, extremely sensitive to my wants and needs, very giving, my best friend, and intensely passionate in bed.’ The bartender stares at the old man for a brief moment and says, ‘But that sounds great! You have what every man wants in a woman, so why are crying?’ The old man looks at the bartender and says, ‘I can’t remember where I live!’

Thought of the day: A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

Fact of the day: 218 – Julia Maesa, aunt of the assassinated Caracalla, is banished to her home in Syria by the self-proclaimed emperor Macrinus and declares her 14-year old grandson Elagabalus, emperor of Rome.

Biography of the day: Richard Avedon; Richard Avedon (15 May 1923-1 Oct. 2004), photographer, was born in New York City to Jacob Israel Avedon (pronounced AV-uh-don) and Anne Polonsky. His father, an orphaned Jewish ?migr? from Russia, rose from menial employment in Manhattan’s garment district to become the owner of a successful women’s clothing store in the city. The elder Avedon taught his son frugality from an early age and assumed he would become a businessman. However, Richard Avedon’s exposure to the city’s wealth of culture drew him to the arts. That exposure included not only visits to concerts and museums but also hearing the Russian-born pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, a neighbor of his maternal grandparents, practicing tirelessly next door during Richard’s frequent visits to their apartment. A seminal moment in his life occurred at the age of seven when he was given a box camera and used it to take a photograph of Rachmaninoff backstage after a Carnegie Hall performance.

Article of the day: Wilfred Rhodes; Wilfred Rhodes (1877–1973) was an English professional cricketer who played 58 Test matches for England between 1899 and 1930. In Tests, he took 127 wickets and scored 2,325 runs. He holds the world records for the most appearances made in first-class cricket (1,110 matches) and for the most wickets taken (4,204). He completed the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in an English cricket season a record 16 times. Rhodes played for Yorkshire and England into his fifties, and in his final Test in 1930 was, at 52 years and 165 days, the oldest player who has appeared in a Test match. Beginning his career for Yorkshire in 1898 as a slow left arm bowler, Rhodes quickly established a reputation as one of the best slow bowlers in the world. His batting steadily improved until, by the First World War, he was also regarded as one of the leading batsmen in England and had established an effective opening partnership with Jack Hobbs. As a bowler, Rhodes was noted for his great accuracy, variations in flight and, in his early days, sharp spin. Following his retirement from playing cricket, he briefly coached at Harrow School and was given honorary membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1949.

Did you know: a) that Megalictis ferox, a species of extinct predatory mustelid, resembled a modern wolverine but with three times the body mass? b) that Hugh Carless, who accompanied travel writer Eric Newby on an expedition to Northern Afghanistan in 1956, later served as the British ambassador to Venezuela? c) that the Burmese-Siamese War of 1548-49 saw the legendary death of Ayutthaya’s Queen Suriyothai during elephant-mounted combat (statue pictured)? d) that Julian Konstantinov, the brother of Bulgarian volleyball team captain Plamen Konstantinov, is an opera singer?



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