Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 13, 2017)
Word of the Day

conversant

Definition:(adjective) Well informed about or knowing thoroughly.
Synonyms:familiar
Usage: A few words, in explanation, will here be necessary for such of our readers as are not conversant with the details of aerostation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Superlative Adverbs

Superlative adverbs, like superlative adjectives, are used to describe differences among three or more people or things. What ending is added to the base adverb to form a superlative adverb? More...
Article of the Day

Gaston Planté

In 1859, French physicist Gaston Planté invented the lead acid battery, the world's first rechargeable electric battery and the forerunner of the modern automobile battery. His early model consisted of two sheets of coiled lead soaked in sulfuric acid, but he soon revised this design, and just a year later, he presented a nine-cell version to the Academy of Sciences. What mechanical device did Planté invent as part of his investigation into the differences between static and dynamic electricity? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Observes the Edison Effect (1880)

Known as "the Edison Effect," thermionic emission is the emission of electrons or ions by substances that are highly heated. The charged particles that are emitted are called thermions, and their number rapidly increases with the temperature of the substance. If the heated substance that emits thermions carries a charge, the thermions will carry the same charge. The effect was observed by Edison in 1883 when he was working on what invention? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Joseph Banks (1743)

Banks was a British naturalist, botanist, and patron of the sciences. After inheriting a large fortune in his early 20s, he began traveling extensively, collecting plant and natural history specimens. He outfitted and accompanied James Cook's voyage around the world, during which time he collected many biological specimens that had never before been classified. His herbarium, one of the most important in existence, and library are now at the British Museum. What plant genus was named after him? More...
Quotation of the Day
To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

with no frills

With no extraneous details or embellishments. Not fancy, decorous, or elaborate. Simple. More...
Today's Holiday

Lim Festival (2019)

The Lim Festival is an alternating-song contest, held in the commune of Lung Giang, about 18 miles from Hanoi, in the Bac Ninh Province of Vietnam. This is a courtship event, in which girls and boys of different villages carry on a singing courtship dialogue. The singers take part in what is a vocal contest with set rules; one melody, for example, can only be used for two verses of the song. The storylines of the songs tell of daily events. Other Lim Festivals takes place in other villages in the province with processions and games such as human chess and wrestling. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: melting

fondue - Comes from French fondre, "to melt." More...

relent, resolve - Relent and resolve originally meant "melt, dissolve" in literal (under the influence of heat) and figurative senses. More...

eliquate - To melt or liquefy. More...

clarify - To make clear by removing impurities or solid matter, as by heating gently; to purify butter by melting. More...

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