Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

ascendancy

Definition:(noun) The state that exists when one person or group has power over another.
Synonyms:dominance, control
Usage: Thanks to widespread governmental corruption and instability, the extremists are gaining ascendancy in the region.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Continuous Tense with Adverbs

When using the present continuous tense, we can add adverbs relating to time between "be" and the present participle. What do such adverbs serve to specify or clarify? More...
Article of the Day

Energy Weapons

Directed-energy weapons are those that transfer energy to a target without the use of a projectile. Types of energy used or proposed for such weapons include sound, radio, light, particles, and plasma—all of which could be used for a number of different applications, including destroying targets, causing disorientation, or disabling machinery. Although many so-called energy weapons are the stuff of science fiction, some are in development or even in limited use. What are some examples? More...
This Day in History

Flight 19 Is Lost in the Bermuda Triangle (1945)

Flight 19 was the designation of five US Navy bombers that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle during a navigation training flight from a naval air station in Florida. All 14 airmen involved in the exercise were lost. The search-and-rescue flight that went after them also disappeared, along with its 13-man crew, and is assumed to have exploded in midair. No wreckage from any of the six aircraft has ever been positively identified. What did Navy investigators conclude happened to Flight 19? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Painlevé (1863)

A mathematical prodigy, Painlevé embarked on a career devoted to science, but he turned to politics after the Dreyfus Affair sparked his interest. In World War I, he held several French cabinet posts and was briefly premier in 1917. He was premier again in 1925 and was later minister of war and minister of aviation. In mathematics, Painlevé ranked among the best minds of his time, and he made important contributions in the field of differential equations. What are the Painlevé transcendents? More...
Quotation of the Day
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

after a while

Following a certain period of time, usually one that is relatively short. More...
Today's Holiday

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (2018)

In 1985 the United Nations established December 5 as International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development. The Assembly hoped that in so doing, it would draw favorable attention to the contribution made by these volunteers, and thus inspire more people to serve the world community as volunteers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: joint

fishplate - A type of metal plate used to strengthen a joint (from fish, meaning "mend"). More...

seam - Etymologically, a joint made by sewing. More...

ankylosis - Stiffness or immobility in a joint. More...

arthralgia, arthritis - Arthralgia is pain in a joint, from Greek arthron, "joint," which also gives us the word arthritis. More...

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