Posted by: retarigan | May 27, 2015

Word Dictionary [270515]


Word of the day: compete
Definition: v.intr. (often foll. by with, against a person, for a thing) strive for superiority or supremacy (competed with his brother; compete against the Russians; compete for the victory).
Synonyms: vie, contend
Etymology: L competere competit-, in late sense ‘strive after or contend for (something)’ (as COM-, petere seek) (more…)

pronunciation: kəmˈpi:t

from Oxford: compete

v.intr.
1 (often foll. by with, against a person, for a thing) strive for superiority or supremacy (competed with his brother; compete against the Russians; compete for the victory).
2 (often foll. by in) take part (in a contest etc.) (competed in the hurdles).
Etymology: L competere competit-, in late sense ‘strive after or contend for (something)’ (as COM-, petere seek)

from Wordnet: compete

v : compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others [syn: vie, contend]

Quote of the day: A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. by Honore de Balzac

Ibn Khaldun

Ibn Khaldun

Birthday of the day: Ibn Khaldun; Ibn Khaldūn or Ibn Khaldoun (full name, Arabic: أبو زيد عبد الرحمن بن محمد بن خلدون الحضرمي ‎, Abū Zayd ‘Abdu r-Raḥman bin Muḥammad bin Khaldūn Al-Hadrami, Berber name: Ben Xeldun; May 27, 1332 AD/732 AH – March 19, 1406 AD/808 AH) was a North African polymath — an astronomer, economist, historian, Islamic jurist, Islamic lawyer, Islamic scholar, Islamic theologian, hafiz, mathematician, military strategist, nutritionist, philosopher, social scientist and statesman—born in North Africa in present-day Tunisia. He is considered a forerunner of several social scientific disciplines: demography, cultural history, historiography, the philosophy of history, and sociology. He is also considered one of the forerunners of modern economics, alongside the earlier Indian scholar Chanakya. Ibn Khaldun is considered by many to be the father of a number of these disciplines, and of social sciences in general, for anticipating many elements of these disciplines centuries before they were founded in the West. He is best known for his Muqaddimah (known as Prolegomenon in English), the first volume of his book on universal history, Kitab al-Ibar. Ibn Khaldun’s ideas were not absorbed by his society, nor were they carried forward by its future generations.

Joke of the day: A guy goes to a girl’s house for the first time, and she shows him into the living room. She excuses herself to go to the kitchen to make them a few drinks, and as he’s standing there alone, he notices a cute little vase on the mantel. He picks it up, and as he’s looking at it, she walks back in. He says ‘What’s this?’ She says, ‘Oh, my father’s ashes are in there.’ He goes, ‘Geez…oooh….I…’ She says, ‘Yeah, he’s too lazy to go to the kitchen to get an ashtray when he smokes.’

Thought of the day: Plausible impossibilities should be preferred to unconvincing possibilities.

Fact of the day: 927 – Death of Simeon I the Great, the first Bulgarian to be recognized as Emperor.

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