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Word of the day for May 1
synaesthesia n
  1. (neurology, psychology) A neurological or psychological phenomenon whereby a particular sensory stimulus triggers a second kind of sensation.
  2. (by extension) The association of one sensory perception with, or description of it in terms of, a different perception that is not experienced at the same time.
  3. (art, literature) A literary or artistic device whereby one kind of sensation is described in the terms of another.
PointingHand.svg Russian journalist and mnemonist Solomon Shereshevsky, who was said to experience a powerful form of synaesthesia in which stimulation of one of his senses produced a reaction in all the others, died on this day in 1958.
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Word of the day for May 5
lustrum n
  1. (Ancient Rome, religion, historical) A ceremonial purification of all the people, performed every five years after the taking of the census; a lustration.
  2. (by extension, literary) A period of five years.
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Word of the day for May 7
system n
  1. A collection of organized things; a whole composed of relationships among its members.
    1. (derogatory) Preceded by the word the: the mainstream culture, controlled by the elites or government of a state, or a combination of them, seen as oppressive to the individual.
    2. (computing) A set of hardware and software operating in a computer.
    3. (mathematics) A set of equations involving the same variables, which are to be solved simultaneously.
    4. (music) A set of staves linked by a brace that indicate instruments or sounds that are to be played simultaneously.
    5. (physiology) A set of body organs having a particular function.
  2. A method or way of organizing or planning.
PointingHand.svg Venezuelan orchestral conductor, educator, and politician José Antonio Abreu, who founded the non-profit classical music education programme called El Sistema, was born on this date 80 years ago in 1939.
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Word of the day for May 20
radiole n
  1. (zoology) The spine of a sea urchin. [from late 19th c.]
  2. (zoology) A heavily ciliated feather-like tentacle occuring in clusters on the crowns of certain tubeworms, especially those of the order Canalipalpata (the fan-head worms), used for feeding and respiration.
PointingHand.svg Today is European Maritime Day, which seeks to raise European citizens’ awareness of the seas and their importance.
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