Posted by: retarigan | May 18, 2015

Word Dictionary [180515]


Word of the day: glossy
Definition: adj. & n. having a shine; smooth.
Synonyms: glistening, lustrous, sheeny, shiny, shining
Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn. (more…)

pronunciation: ˈɡlɔsɪ

from Oxford: glossy

adj. & n.
–adj. (glossier, glossiest)
1 having a shine; smooth.
2 (of paper etc.) smooth and shiny.
3 (of a magazine etc.) printed on such paper.
–n. (pl. -ies) colloq.
1 a glossy magazine.
2 a photograph with a glossy surface.
Derivatives: glossily adv. glossiness n.

from Wordnet: glossy

adj 1: having a smooth, gleaming surface; “glossy auburn hair”; “satiny gardenia petals”; “sleek black fur”; “silken eyelashes”; “silky skin”; “a silklike fabric”; “slick seals and otters” [syn: satin(a), satiny, sleek, silken, silky, silklike, slick]
2: (of paper and fabric and leather) having a surface made smooth and glossy especially by pressing between rollers; “calendered paper”; “a dress of glossy sateen” [syn: calendered]
3: reflecting light; “glistening bodies of swimmers”; “the horse’s glossy coat”; “lustrous auburn hair”; “saw the moon like a shiny dime on a deep blue velvet carpet”; “shining white enamel” [syn: glistening, lustrous, sheeny, shiny, shining]

Quote of the day: Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. by Mother Teresa

Omar Khayyám

Omar Khayyám

Birthday of the day: Omar Khayyám; Omar Khayyám (Persian: عمر خیام), (born 18 May 1048 AD, Neyshapur, Iran—1131 AD, Neyshapur, Iran), was a Persian polymath, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, physician, and poet. He wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, and music.

Joke of the day: A woman in her eighties made the evening news because she was getting married for the fourth time. The following day she was being interviewed by a local TV station, and the commentator asked about what it felt to be married again at that age and if would she share part of her previous experiences, as it seemed quite unique that her new husband was a ‘funeral director.’ After a short time to think, a smile came to her face and she proudly explained that she had first married a banker when she was in her twenties, in her forties she married a circus ring master, and in her sixties she married a pastor and now in her eighties, a funeral director. The amazed commentator asked her why she had married men with such diverse carriers. With a smile on her face she explained, ‘I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.’

Thought of the day: The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

Fact of the day: 332 – Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.

Biography of the day: Lucy Burns; Lucy Burns (28 July 1879-22 Dec. 1966), suffragist and vice chairman of the Congressional Union, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the fourth of eight children of Edward and Ann (Early) Burns. Raised in a close-knit, Irish Catholic family, Burns was fortunate in having a father who believed in education for women and had the means as a bank vice president to provide it. His five daughters attended Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, the best girls’ school in Brooklyn’s best neighborhood. Tall and sturdy, with blazing red hair, blue eyes, and dimples, Burns was a proficient debater known for her robust sense of humor. In the mock epitaphs for each graduate, the one penned for Burns reflected a personality ‘untamed by Packer’s genteel culture. ‘I ought to have my way in everything, and what’s more, I will too” (Walton, p. 29).

Article of the day: Boeing 757; The Boeing 757 is a mid-size, narrow-body twin-engine jet airliner. Boeing Commercial Airplanes designed and built 1,050 of them for 54 customers from 1981 to 2004. The twinjet has a two-crewmember glass cockpit, a conventional tail, a low-drag supercritical wing design, and turbofan engines that allow takeoffs from relatively short runways and at high altitudes. Intended for short and medium routes, variants of the 757 can carry 200 to 295 passengers for a maximum of . The 757 was designed concurrently with a wide-body twinjet, the 767, and pilots can obtain a common type rating that allows them to operate both aircraft. Passenger (the most popular model) have been modified for cargo use; military derivatives include the C-32 transport, VIP carriers, and other multi-purpose aircraft. All 757s are powered by Rolls-Royce RB211 or Pratt & Whitney PW2000 series turbofans. Eastern Air Lines and British Airways were first to place the 757 in commercial service, in 1983. The airliner had recorded eight hull-loss accidents, including seven fatal crashes, as of April 2015.

Did you know: a) that Joseph Gutnick, chairman of Great Central Mines, was advised by the Rebbe Menachem Schneerson to go back to the Australian desert and search for ‘gold and diamonds’? b) that Phil Johnson and Cotton Fitzsimmons are the only Sacramento Kings head coaches to have won NBA Coach of the Year? c) that the 6th-century Byzantine official Athanasius was dispatched by Justinian I to Ravenna in 536 and Carthage in 545, and he ended up in prison on both trips? d) that during the German occupation of Norway, Astrid L?ken combined entomological field research with secret photography for the resistance group XU?

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