Polymers

Both DNA and plastic, two seemingly unrelated materials, are classified as polymers, compounds of usually high molecular weight consisting of a number of structural units linked together by covalent bonds. A diverse assortment of natural and synthetic materials comprises the class of polymers, including hair, polyester, and shellac. Polymers are even used in the production […]

The Oxford Comma

In English language punctuation, a serial comma or series comma (also called Oxford comma and Harvard comma) is a comma placed immediately before the coordinating conjunction (usually and or or) in a series of three or more terms. Read More: Serial comma (Oxford comma) – Wikipedia

diaporama

A diaporama is a photographic slideshow, sometimes with accompanying audio, ranging from using only one or two slide projectors to a multi-image slideshow using a wide screen and several slide projectors connected to a central controlling device changing the slides, turning lamps on and off etc. Diaporama – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaporama

Smokejumpers

Smokejumpers are firefighters who parachute into remote areas to combat forest fires. While smokejumpers save many lives, the inherent risks associated with parachuting into a fire lead many to question the value of the profession. Proponents argue that parachute deployment helps firefighters reach remote areas quickly and with more equipment than other means allow, thus […]

honky-tonk

Definition: (noun) A cheap, noisy bar or dance hall. Synonyms: barrelhouse. Usage: The missionaries went to the honky-tonk on a Saturday night hoping to save souls, but they were not very successful. Discuss …read more

Jongleur – (folk singer, minstrel, poet-singer, troubadour)

Definition: (noun) A wandering minstrel, poet, or entertainer in medieval England and France. Synonyms: folk singer, minstrel, poet-singer, troubadour. Usage: The group of jongleurs was so popular that King Edward requested a private performance. …read more

equivocate

Definition: (verb) To be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information. Synonyms: prevaricate, beat around the bush, palter, tergiversate. Usage: She was known for her tendency to equivocate, and many of her friends gave up on trying to discern her true opinions. …read more

Towers of Silence

According to Zoroastrian tradition, a dead body is unclean and must be disposed of in a safe manner. To prevent the pollution of earth or fire, dead bodies are placed atop a tower, where they are exposed to the sun and birds of prey. The towers are circular raised structures with nearly flat roofs that […]

retrograde

Definition: (adjective) Tending towards an earlier worse condition; declining or deteriorating. Synonyms: deteriorating, backward, regressive, retrogressive. Usage: It would be a retrograde step to revert to the old system. …read more

comedo

Definition: (noun) A plug of keratin and sebum within a hair follicle that is blackened at the surface. Synonyms: blackhead. Usage: On the morning of the school dance, she was dismayed to discover a large comedo on her chin. Discuss …read more

bear the brunt

Put up with the worst of some bad circumstance, as in “It was the secretary who had to bear the brunt of the doctor’s anger.” Explore Dictionary.com Related Words for ‘bear the brunt’ withstand, brave, undergo, feel, tolerate, experience, face, weather, sustain, suffer, encounter, know, accustom, stomach, stick, support, brook, abide, countenance, stand

dovecote

Definition: (noun) A compartmental structure, often raised on a pole, for housing domesticated pigeons. Synonyms: columbary. Usage: They were not allowed to keep doves themselves, and when the swarms from my lord’s dovecote settled on their crops they must not lose their temper and kill a bird. …read more

roustabout

Definition: (noun) A member of a ship’s crew who performs manual labor. Synonyms: deckhand. Usage: He worked as a roustabout on the Mississippi from the time he was a boy. …read more

Olbers’s Paradox

If the universe is assumed to contain an infinite number of uniformly distributed luminous stars, then every point in the sky should be as bright as a star. So why is the sky dark at night? That is the question posed by Olbers’s paradox, named for astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers, who described it in 1823, […]

The Palermo Stone

The Palermo stone is the largest known fragment of an ancient Egyptian stele containing the earliest extant historic annals. It was engraved around the 25th century BCE and includes a hieroglyphic listing of the kings of ancient Egypt, the years of their reigns, notations of historic events, and information pertaining to the flooding of the […]

Halcyon Days

The ancient Greeks called the seven days preceding and the seven days following the Winter Solstice the “Halcyon Days.” Greek mythology has it that Halcyone (or Alcyone), Ceyx’s wife and one of Aeolus’s daughters, drowned herself when she learned her husband had drowned. The gods took pity on her and transformed them both into kingfishers. […]

Adoxography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Adoxography is a term coined in the late 19th century, and means “fine writing on a trivial or base subject”. It was a form of rhetorical exercise “in which the legitimate methods of the encomium are applied to persons or objects in themselves obviously unworthy of praise, as being trivial, […]

Pica

Characterized by the consumption of materials such as soil, chalk, and hair, pica is a disorder involving an appetite for non-nutritive substances or an abnormal compulsion to eat foodstuffs that are usually ingredients, such as flour or starch. Such eating behaviors have been observed in people of all ages but are only termed pica if […]

exulansis

exulansis n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story

deprecate v. to belittle

Definition: (verb) To belittle. Synonyms: depreciate. Usage: The teacher should not deprecate his student’s efforts. Discuss …read more

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