Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

decanter

Definition:(noun) A vessel used for decanting, especially a decorative bottle used for serving wine.
Synonyms:carafe
Usage: Sir Percival was sitting at the table with a decanter of wine before him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Linking Verbs

Linking verbs (also known as copulas or copular verbs) are used to describe the state of being of the subject of a clause. What is the most common linking verb? More...
Article of the Day

O-Rings

An o-ring is a rubber ring that is used in machinery as a seal against substances like oil and air. Although it is one of the most commonly used seals, it is forever linked to a catastrophic failure. After the space shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986, investigators determined that the o-ring seal in one of the shuttle's solid fuel rockets failed due to a loss of elasticity that resulted from the low temperature at launch time. How was this problem later demonstrated at a news conference? More...
This Day in History

The Brief Battle of Prestonpans (1745)

England's King James II may have been deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, but he was not without supporters. These supporters, the Jacobites, spent the next six decades unsuccessfully fighting to restore him—and, later, his descendants—to the throne. Their final major attempt, the Forty-five Rebellion, began auspiciously for the House of Stuart, with a victory at Prestonpans, Scotland. The battle was won in mere minutes. How many casualties did the government troops suffer in that time? More...
Today's Birthday

John Loudon McAdam (1756)

McAdam was a Scottish engineer who invented a process called "macadamization." After noting the poor condition of the highways near his estate, he recommended that roads be raised above the adjacent ground for good drainage and then covered, first with large stones then with small stones, and bound with fine gravel. It was perhaps the greatest advance in road construction since Roman times and became known as "tarmac," short for "tarmacadam." What was the first macadam road in North America? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sublime is the dominion of the mind over the body, that for a time, can make flesh and nerve impregnable, and string the sinews like steel, so that the weak become so mighty.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Idiom of the Day

ripen up

To grow ripe; to become mature enough to harvest or pick. More...
Today's Holiday

Belize Independence Day (2018)

On September 21, 1981, Belize gained independence from Britain. Belize was formerly known as British Honduras and had been internally self-governing since 1965. Independence Day is a national public holiday in Belize. Celebrations begin more than a week before the 21st with dances, pageants, sporting events, and concerts, and culminate with parades and patriotic ceremonies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: womb

gestation - Literally the period during which unborn young are "carried" inside the womb—from Latin gerere, "carry" or "conduct." More...

lightening - A drop in the level of the womb during the last weeks of pregnancy, as the head of the fetus engages in the pelvis. More...

matrix - From Latin, meaning "breeding female," it originally was used for the uterus or womb, then for a supporting or enclosing structure. More...

uterus - From the Latin word meaning "belly, womb." More...

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