Wiktionary:Word of the day/Archive/2017/October

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Word of the day for October 1
songcraft n
  1. (music) The practice or skill of crafting or composing songs.
PointingHand.svg Today is designated International Music Day by the International Music Council to promote musical art among all sections of society, among other things. It was established in 1975 by violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, who was President of the Council at the time.

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Word of the day for October 2
drawing board n
  1. A plane surface or table to which paper can be fastened for drawing purposes.
  2. (figuratively) The planning stage of a project.
PointingHand.svg Today, the first Monday of October in 2017, is designated as World Architecture Day by the International Union of Architects.

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Word of the day for October 3
Männlein n
  1. A little man; a dwarf, a mannikin.
PointingHand.svg Today is Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day), which commemorates the anniversary of German Reunification in 1990.

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Word of the day for October 11
surrey n
  1. (historical) A light horse-drawn carriage with forward-facing seats accommodating two or four people, popular in the United States; a motorized carriage of similar design.
PointingHand.svg The musical film Oklahoma! featuring songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, including “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, premiered on this day in 1955.

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Word of the day for October 15
chasma n
  1. (astronomy, geology) A long, narrow, steep-sided depression on a planet (often other than Earth), a moon, or another body in the Solar System.
  2. (astronomy, obsolete, rare) An aurora.
  3. Obsolete form of chasm.
PointingHand.svg The Cassini–Huygens space probe was launched on this day 20 years ago in 1997 to study the planet Saturn. During its closest approach to the moon Tethys on 24 September 2005, it photographed the Ithaca Chasma, one of the longer valleys in the Solar System.

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Word of the day for October 22
rhubarb n
  1. Any plant of the genus Rheum, especially Rheum rharbarbarum, having large leaves and long green or reddish acidic leafstalks that are edible, in particular when cooked (although the leaves are mildly poisonous).
  2. (often attributive) The leafstalks of common rhubarb or garden rhubarb (usually known as Rheum × hybridum), which are long, fleshy, often pale red, and with a tart taste, used as a food ingredient; they are frequently stewed with sugar and made into jam or used in crumbles, pies, etc. []
  3. (Britain, military, historical) A Royal Air Force World War II code name for operations by aircraft (fighters and fighter-bombers) involving low-level flight to seek opportunistic targets. []
  4. (originally theater, uncountable) General background noise caused by several simultaneous indecipherable conversations, which is created in films, stage plays, etc., by actors repeating the word rhubarb; hence, such noise in other settings; rhubarb rhubarb, rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb.
  5. (US, originally baseball, countable) An excited, angry exchange of words, especially at a sporting event.
  6. (US, originally baseball, by extension, countable) A brawl.
PointingHand.svg American sports commentator Red Barber, who popularized the baseball senses of the word, died on this day 25 years ago in 1992.

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Word of the day for October 28
Attic salt n
  1. (idiomatic) Pointed and delicate wit.
PointingHand.svg Today is Ohi Day (Anniversary of the “No”) in Greece, which marks the rejection by Ioannis Metaxas of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s ultimatum in 1940 during World War II to allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory.

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