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Word of the day for March 1
pendragon n
  1. Also capitalized as Pendragon: a title assumed by the ancient British chiefs when called to lead other chiefs: chief war leader, dictator, or king.
PointingHand.svg Today is Saint David’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of Wales.
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Word of the day for March 2
conversely adv
  1. (often conjunctive) With a reversed relationship.
  2. (conjunctive, loosely) From another point of view; on the other hand.
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Word of the day for March 3
triangulation n
  1. (uncountable, surveying) A technique in which distances and directions are estimated from an accurately measured baseline and the principles of trigonometry.
  2. (countable, surveying) The network of triangles so obtained, that are the basis of a chart or map.
  3. (countable, chess) A delaying move in which the king moves in a triangular path to force the advance of a pawn.
  4. (uncountable, navigation, seismology) A process by which an unknown location is found using three known distances from known locations.
  5. (uncountable, politics) The practice of repositioning one's group or oneself on the political spectrum in an attempt to capture the centre.
  6. (uncountable, qualitative research) The use of three (or more) researchers to interview the same people or to evaluate the same evidence to reduce the impact of individual bias.
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Word of the day for March 6
consilience n
  1. (logic) The concurrence of multiple inductions drawn from different data sets. [from mid 19th c.]
  2. The agreement, co-operation, or overlap of academic disciplines.
PointingHand.svg English philosopher and theologian William Whewell, who coined the word, died on this day in 1866.
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Word of the day for March 8
muliebrity n
  1. (literary) The state or quality of being a woman; the features of a woman's nature; femininity, womanhood.
  2. (literary) The state of attainment of womanhood following maidenhood.
  3. (physiology) The state of puberty in a female.
PointingHand.svg Today is designated by the United Nations as International Women’s Day, which commemorates the movement for women’s rights.
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Word of the day for March 12
impostor syndrome n
  1. (psychology) A psychological phenomenon in which a person is unable to internalize his or her accomplishments, remaining convinced that he or she does not deserve any accompanying success.
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Word of the day for March 13
ledger n
  1. A book for keeping notes, especially one for keeping accounting records; a record book, a register.
  2. A large, flat stone, especially one laid over a tomb.
  3. (accounting) A collection of accounting entries consisting of credits and debits.
  4. (construction) A board attached to a wall to provide support for attaching other structural elements (such as deck joists or roof rafters) to a building.
  5. (fishing) Short for ledger bait (fishing bait attached to a floating line fastened to the bank of a pond, stream, etc.).
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Word of the day for March 14
Einsteinian adj
  1. Of or relating to the German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein or his scientific theories.
PointingHand.svg Albert Einstein, known for developing the theory of relativity, was born on this day 140 years ago in 1879.
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Word of the day for March 20
nauplius n
  1. (zoology) A crustacean larva that has three pairs of locomotive organs (corresponding to antennules, antennae, and mandibles), a median eye, and little or no segmentation of the body.
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Word of the day for March 21
carceral adj
  1. (formal or literary) Of or pertaining to imprisonment or a prison.
PointingHand.svg The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, California, USA, ceased to operate on this day in 1963.
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Word of the day for March 22
dihydrogen monoxide n
  1. (inorganic chemistry, humorous) H₂O, water.
PointingHand.svg Today is designated by the United Nations as World Water Day, which focuses on the importance of fresh water and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
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Word of the day for March 23
bulldog clip n
  1. A binder clip with rigid handles.
  2. (surgery) A surgical instrument with serrated jaws and a spring-loaded handle used to grip blood vessels or similar organs.
PointingHand.svg Today is celebrated as National Puppy Day in the United States. The commemoration was founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige to celebrate the relationship between young dogs and humans, and to promote adoption of orphaned puppies and highlight the cruelty of puppy mills.
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Word of the day for March 25
adytum n
  1. (Ancient Greece, religion) The innermost sanctuary or shrine in an ancient temple, from where oracles were given.
  2. (by extension) A private chamber; a sanctum.
PointingHand.svg Today is Greece’s Independence Day, which marks the day in 1821 when the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire was declared.
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Word of the day for March 27
wagon n
  1. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads.
  2. A four-wheeled child's riding toy, pulled or steered by a long handle attached to the front.
  3. An enclosed vehicle for carrying goods or people; (by extension) a lorry, a truck.
  4. An enclosed vehicle used as a movable dwelling; a caravan.
  5. Short for dinner wagon (set of light shelves mounted on castors so that it can be pushed around a dining room and used for serving).
  6. (slang) Short for paddy wagon (police van for transporting prisoners).
  7. (rail transport) A freight car on a railway.
  8. (chiefly Australia, US, slang) Short for station wagon (type of car in which the roof extends rearward to produce an enclosed area in the position of and serving the function of the boot (trunk)); (by extension) a sport utility vehicle (SUV); any car.
  9. (Ireland, slang, derogatory, dated) A woman of loose morals, a promiscuous woman, a slapper; (by extension) a woman regarded as obnoxious; a bitch, a cow.
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Word of the day for March 30
pseudopatient n
  1. (dated) A person who pretends to be ill, especially to gain some benefit.
  2. (medicine) A person who poses as a patient so that research may be conducted or staff trained.
PointingHand.svg Today is National Doctors’ Day in the United States, which recognizes the service rendered by physicians.
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