Posted by: retarigan | May 17, 2015

Word Dictionary [170515]

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



Birthday of the day: Jien; Jien (Japanese: 慈円) (17 May 1155 in Kyoto – 28 October 1225 in Omi (now Shiga)) was a Japanese poet, historian, and Buddhist monk.

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: 1395 – Battle of Rovine, Wallachians defeat an invading Ottoman army.

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: Rivadavia-class battleships’; The two Rivadavia-class battleships’ were constructed for Argentina as a part of a wider South American naval arms race. To counter Brazil’s two dreadnought battleships, Argentina began seeking bids for at least two of their own in 1908. Over the next two years, multiple shipbuilders from five countries vied for the contracts, complemented by efforts from their respective governments. Argentina’s choice in early 1910 of the Fore River Shipbuilding Company, based in the United States, shocked the European bidders, but could partly be explained by the American steel trust’s ability to produce steel at a lower cost than any other country. Amid increasing tension in Europe that would lead to the First World War, newspapers speculated that the Argentine dreadnoughts would be sold to a European nation. Under diplomatic pressure, the Argentines decided to keep the ships; after numerous delays, they arrived in the country in February and May 1915. The dreadnoughts were modernized in the 1920s, and in the latter half of their life were frequently employed as training ships and diplomatic envoys. Both were sold for scrap in the late 1950s.

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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